Beaverton Oregon Real Estate: Better to ask forgiveness than permission or just buy a tent

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We all have done it, a little work here, a little work there, heck it is our own house right? But, when does that little work around the house go from little work to needing a permit?

Well, that isn't a question I can answer easily, because each city has a different set of guidelines to what has to be permitted and what doesn't.

But, when in doubt...ASK! Why? Because this next story was from a person in my farm in Beaverton, Oregon that thought it was better to ask for forgiveness than permission. Because of it, he not only had to pay the legal costs to the HOA, but tear down his new garage that wasn't permitted.

What had happened is he thought he had plenty of room to build a RV garage for himself and get around the HOA rule of no RV parking. Well, the HOA went after him for not getting it permitted and said it was too close to the neighbor's house now and he would have to tear it down.

He lost! The HOA rules clearly stated that buildings had to be at least 50 feet apart. His new RV garage made him within 40 feet. The HOA was seeking the removal of the garage and their legal fees paid. He thought, fine, I'll get it permitted and go around the HOA. The permit department said he had to tear it down because it didn't meet other safety issues. He was pretty livid when I was talking to him and asking him why he was tearing it down.

He said, "I think once I get this torn down I'm moving out of this &*@#$ area and I vow to never live in a neighborhood with an HOA again." OK, I think I have a listing coming up with NO RV parking if anyone is looking for that.

But, remember, check with your HOA and the building department in your city before doing any additions or remodeling to your home or it could cost you the cost of building, and then even more to tear it down again.



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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


I bet that will never happen again with that guy; what an expensive lesson.


Tom Braatz

Jun 15, 2008 03:30 AM #1
Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

I once had a seller who went to foreclosure because he couldn't sell his house for enough money once he had to tear out his fully finished basement which did not meet code.

Jun 15, 2008 03:36 AM #2
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


I know the guy was wrong, but 'public servants' should have been able to find a remedy short of tearing down a structure already built!!! JMHO, Thanks,   Fran

Jun 15, 2008 05:48 AM #3
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Todd, I think I can understand the profanity towards the HOA with this guy. But if you are going to sink major $$$ into anything, you better check ahead and not look for forgiveness. Look where the forgiveness route got him.

Jun 15, 2008 09:01 AM #4
Jeannette Neerpat - Coral Springs, FL
e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate

If you are going to invest in a large money for something like this you would have thought he would have gotten the permit first! I;m surprise the person who built it didn;t get the permit.

Jun 15, 2008 11:55 AM #5
Venancio Gonzalez
Windermere Kelso/Longview - Longview, WA
Longview WA Real Estate Broker - 360-751-4001

Ouch! Tod - that is an expensive lesson. Your are right if in doubt is better to check with building department.

Jun 15, 2008 03:37 PM #6
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

An expensive lesson but one hopefully one more folks won't have to learn the hard way.  Better to know up front before you start sinking money into materials and labor.  Yikes.

Jun 17, 2008 09:52 PM #7
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