Why Doesn’t The HOA Allow Pick-up Trucks

Real Estate Agent with Sailwinds Realty

Why Doesn’t The HOA Allow Pick-up Trucks?


The best answer to that question, is because they can and they did.  Maybe when most of the HOAs that do not allow pick-up trucks were writing their rules and regs, pick-up trucks were Why Doesn't The HOA Allow Pick-up Trucksdusty, rusty, nasty looking vehicles (at least in the eyes of the HOA writers). Think Duck Dynasty.  Now, of course, pick-up trucks can be flashy and shiny and very sexy looking. Some pick-up trucks these days cost more than the condo or home being purchased.  


I was showing condos to a couple who were all set to buy, until they mentioned those deal killing words “pick-up truck”.  This complex does not allow pick-ups (they do allow pets). The buyers asked: could they make an exception and let them live there with their pick-up till they returned north in March. They promised to drive their car down next year.


What was the answer to this question?  Since the HOA would then be setting a precedent by allowing this, the answer is no. Why don’t they allow pick-up trucks? It’s anyone’s guess but they don’t. It's in the rules. End of story.



Toni Weidman


Re/Max Sunset Realty





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Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Toni -- That is why it is SO important to know the HOA rules and regs before even presenting an offer. 

Dec 29, 2014 10:00 AM #8
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Not even parked in a garage? That's unusual.  I have seen HOA rules say they cannot be parked in the driveway and must be in the garage.

Dec 29, 2014 11:35 AM #9
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

That's exactly why we make the association docs part of our contingencies. No one wants to sell their pick-up. If the association doesn't allow them, a buyer can opt-out of the contract.

Dec 29, 2014 11:45 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Toni, HOAs have funny requirements and restrictions and therefore it is so important to know what you are getting before you buy.

Dec 29, 2014 11:54 AM #11
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Wow, I never heard that one Toni. The biggest thing that ends a deal around here with HOA's is they don't allow people to rent out condos or townhomes because the Evanston market is so hot and that scares people.

I have had many a HOA rule deal killer. 

Fee simple or HOA with many details taken care of but live by their rules, your choice?

Dec 29, 2014 11:57 AM #12
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Toni _  It is good for sellers to highlight something like this so the buyer knows ahead of time... that way it saves veryone a lot of time if this is something the buyer cannot accomodate.

Dec 29, 2014 11:58 AM #13
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

That HOA would be a huge deal breaker for home buyers in Southern California! We've got some really nice trucks on the road, and we don't call them "pickup trucks." 

Dec 29, 2014 05:27 PM #14
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Evelyn Johnston this complex doesn't have garages; only covered parking.  

Pamela Seley, REALTOR® Sounds snobbish to me, but then it is Southern CA.  

Noah Seidenberg we have to deal with that one too in some complexes.  

Dec 29, 2014 06:40 PM #15
Ron Climer
Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners - Tryon, NC

A better question is can this rule be changed.  If I lived there , it would be changed.  I hope that buyer made it clear to that seller why they did not buy.  If I were that seller, I would be at the next board meeting demanding this value decreaseing rule to be changed.  It is amazing how many rules exist for a reason that no one even know why it exists.  Nothing changes until one person takes a stand and takes action. 

Dec 29, 2014 07:10 PM #16
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

We were working with a couple who had their business name on the driver door. Even though this was their only vehicle, the HOA wouldn't allow it. Sometimes there are too many rules and buyers should be aware of them...

Dec 29, 2014 08:12 PM #17
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

I usually state something like this in MLS but this was another agent's listing.

Dec 29, 2014 08:49 PM #18
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

HOAs or co-op boards can have some crazy rules. It's so important that buyers know exactly what they are getting into!

Dec 29, 2014 08:59 PM #19
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Toni Weidman ... wow never heard of that partly because it's not an issue up here. I guess you just have to deal with it and be forthcoming with the rules.

Dec 29, 2014 10:10 PM #20
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The developers were the one that approved the original C C & R's and that is where it got started. WHY is a good question. If the one writing it up had a bad experience, lo and behold it appears in the docs.

Dec 29, 2014 10:21 PM #21
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Toni, this is an excellent reminder on why knowing and reading HOA rules is so important. Have not heard of no pick-up trucks before and I imagine that would deter many buyer's. 

Dec 29, 2014 10:31 PM #22
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Perfect example of why Homeowner association are something to know about when you list a property. Pretty ridiculous. 

Dec 30, 2014 12:17 AM #23
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

For those of you who think this is a ridiculous rule; these were written maybe 10-20-30 years ago. And as Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books pointed out, they were written by the developers not the Association. Who knows what their reasons were but insulting them never helps.

Dec 30, 2014 12:29 AM #24
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Toni Weidman now they allow pets and no pick-up trucks! Interesting! (Yes, they do it because they can!)

Dec 30, 2014 08:56 AM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Toni= I meant to respond to this when i saw the title but the holidays got in the way.  We have a friend who moved into a new home that was being built several months ago.  Unfortunately, they didn't see the fine print (nor was it pointed out to them) that pick up trucks were not allowed in the community, even if it's kept in the garage.  He had already closed on the house and moved in, so he ended up selling his truck and buying a Ford Flex.  He's pointed out that others have ignored the HOA rule. 

Dec 31, 2014 11:24 PM #26
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Kathy, that's terrible. Why didn't the agent check it out I wonder. Kathy Streib 

Jan 01, 2015 03:48 AM #27
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