A local HOA has taken issue with one man's Rivian being parked in the driveway of his home.
HOAs are, much like for-profit prisons, often lambasted for good reason. We'd like to present another. The owner of a Rivian R1T is being targeted by their Home Owner Association for simply parking the hot new electric truck in their driveway.
As Florida's ABC Local 10 reports, owner Glenn Gordon is being told to hide away his R1T, which he ordered "over a year ago," or face fines from his HOA. Gordon has only had the truck for a few weeks as well. "I felt like a little kid waiting for it," he said. "The first one I saw was mine."
The news outlet calls the R1T an "attraction" in the neighborhood (in addition to incorrectly claiming Rivians drive themselves), which may explain why the unique-looking Rivian has drawn the ire of the HOA.
People stop outside Gordon's house at the Ft. Lauderdale Weston Hills Country Club to take photos of it. The HOA's beef with the Rivian started roughly two weeks after Gordon took delivery.
Gordon was notified by property management that the Rivian can't be parked in the driveway of his house overnight. Reportedly, the club has rules about this sort of thing dating back to the 80s that stipulate trucks, RVs, and trailers can't be left in a driveway overnight.
The latter two vehicle categories are a common restriction in HOA-governed neighborhoods. They keep people from living in an RV on their - or someone else's - property.
Gordon called the property management company to discuss things but got only push-back. "He said we will wind up getting fines and penalties, and until we remove it, they can even lien our house," Gordon told Local 10. "We could even lose our house over this," he repeated.
Gordon - potentially correctly - asserts the rules have to change given the rise in popularity of trucks since the rules were written decades ago. Jerry Engelhard drew a line in the sand with a voicemail he left Gordon.
"If the gentleman would have read the documents when he bought the house, he would have seen that and there is a possibility that he would not have bought the truck."
Gordon intends to fight the HOA. His lawyer, Andrew Ben, says there must be a delineation between what Gordon owns and the commercial trucks the rule is arguably meant for.
Local 10 points out a similar situation arose in the Villas of Bonaventure. A judge handed down a 2001 ruling consistent with the facts of Gordon's case, saying "personal use pickup trucks do not carry the negative implication they might have 25 years ago. In no way could parking these vehicles interfere with the quiet enjoyment or the property value of the condominium residents."