Homeowners association sees red over pink playhouse
Georgia group sues the homeowner, demanding that the structure be repainted a color more in keeping with community aesthetics.
We know there are people who don't find pink an appropriate color for outdoor décor, though living in Florida, we find that hard to believe.
The latest controversy over pink is playing out in a suburb of Augusta, Ga., where the homeowners association is demanding that Becky Rogers-Peck repaint the pink playhouse she built for her 4-year-old granddaughter.
The objection is not based upon a belief that pink for girls plays into a stereotype but upon aesthetics: The HOA says pink is not an appropriate color for an outbuilding at the Rogers-Peck house.
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But Rogers-Peck's granddaughter, Aubree, likes pink, and her grandmother refuses to repaint. After trying to find a resolution since spring, the Millshaven Property Owners Association has sued.
"It’s really disheartening," Rogers-Peck, who resigned from her post on the HOA board, told The Columbia County News-Times. "I feel like I live in Russia … where I can’t do anything on my own property without permission."
The association argues that she doesn't live in Russia but in a homeowners association, whose members agree to follow certain rules when they buy a home in the community.
One of the rules in this community is that the construction of outbuildings has to be approved by the Architectural Control Committee. The committee agreed to give Rogers-Peck retroactive approval if she agreed to repaint the playhouse, which is not visible from the street but can be seen by some neighbors.
The color is not "keeping in tradition with the neighborhood," Wright McLeod, the attorney for the HOA, told the newspaper.
Rogers-Beck argues that the playhouse is not an outbuilding but a piece of play equipment and not subject to the outbuilding standards. Her response to the lawsuit has been to try to get a new board elected that agrees with her.
Commenters on the newspaper's website were split over the issue.
"I am sure when she signed the legal contract to purchase her home she was given a covenant," one reader wrote. "The reason they moved into the neighborhood was because of how well the properties have been maintained. One individual allowed to break the covenant without consequences can become a nightmare. Paint the house or move out of the neighborhood."
But others argued that the association is unreasonable. One wrote:
"Having basic rules is one thing, and a very good thing, but I've found HOAs mostly are just a vehicle for busybodies who feel compelled to impose their taste on everyone else.
"Have the lady put in shrubbery that screens the playhouse from her neighbors' view if they find themselves unable to tolerate the view of a child's short-lived dream. A pink playhouse won't bring down property values; anyone seeing it would recognize it for exactly what it is."
What do you think? Is the homeowners association right to demand that the playhouse be repainted? Or is the rule that it can't be pink unreasonable?
This is why Obama will win dum **** people worrying about what color a f...ing child play house is instead of worrying about who the f... is going to run the country
Whomever gets offended by a pink playhouse obviously has bigger issues than the plain dislike of a certain color choice on a little playhouse. May I suggest taking up a hobby instead of trying to make other people's lives miserable? To the homeowners with the playhose: I would paint my entire house pepto bismol color and move!
There should be some law put in place,whereour able to sue for your legel fees and other inconviences caused by the suer,if you win a case.
Why the ell would you want to buy a home where there is a H.O.A.Not only do you have the government and the town rules,yo want more idiots telling you what to do.Tere is no advantage in livin in one of these,only headaches.
Then people wonder whypeople go crazy and go on shootng sprees and killing there bosses or a worker or some azz that works for the H.O.A.Its called a breaking point,and nothing else to loose.
How dare she have a pink playhouse for her granddaughter, that is totally outrageous. Do these neighbors and hoa have nothing else to do than to complain about a pink playhouse? These people are silly and petty.
HOA's serve a VERY important function in our society. Without them, all the petty dictators that get elected to the hoa boards would have nothing to do. Then, God forbid, they might try to get elected to a real office and imagine how badly they could screw people's lives up then!
Yep, hoa's are a good thing
well i guess they shouldnt have moved to a hoa .Sell the house and quit crying about it because we dont give a damn.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.