During the pandemic, parents try to be creative for their children, thus limiting their time on computer games and the internet. One father decided to build a treehouse for his sons, but after an anonymous call to his Home Owners Association (HOA), he was forced to demolish it.
Feeling frustrated, he penned a letter to the “Karen” who forced the issue with HOA.
The man posted a letter covered in plastic on a tree in response to the unknown individual who did not enjoy the presence of his tree fort. It was probably the best way for him to ensure the anonymous person got the message.
“The complaint you lodged with the HOA was heard. They made me take down the small treefort that I built on this location with my sons during the pandemic,” wrote the letter which was signed by Dave, supposedly the father’s name.
In the following sarcastic remarks, Dave reassured that the person would no longer be bothered by the structure as he complied with the request and removed it.
According to the New York Post, the house was erected at least two feet from the trail, which meant that it could not have an issue with safety to passers-by.
It was fathomable from the letter that the HOA did not give the father a clear explanation of why the treehouse was as a public dilemma as to be uninstalled, but to Dave the decision did not take into account a treehouse’s innocent purpose: to give kids outdoor entertainment.
“Please enjoy your stroll free from the sound of my children’s play and laughter. They are safely back inside now, watching television I’m sure,” he wrote.
Sarcastically commenting that the positive outcome of the dismantled treefort would be “unobstructed view,” he concluded the message, “I will try to keep it up to code.”
Picture of Dave’s complaint was posted on Reddit, which soon went viral.
A majority of the users supported Dave, agreeing that a treehouse in the neighborhood is too regular of an issue to be annoyed at or intimidated by.
“Boomers: Why don’t the kids these days play outside like we used to instead of just sitting in front of the tv all day?” commented one Redditor. “Also Boomers: Let’s destroy the outside and make so many rules that it’s no longer fun to play outside!”
“Some people need everyone to be as unhappy as they are. How dare you be happy?” wrote the other.
Several others advised that Dave could check his state’s law to ensure if the HOA’s decision was legitimate.
“My state has a law where if they enforce one violation, they have to enforce all,” shared one Redditor.
The Homeowner’s Association (HOA) was a structure employed in many residential communities in the US which assists with maintaining a clean and cohesive atmosphere in the neighborhood.
In some places, the HOA can be as powerful as being able to govern what kind of structures to be allowed inside homeowner’s property, paint color, and even lawn designs.
When a complaint is filed, the HOA would usually give the homeowner some time to fix the problem before an official penalty can be imposed.