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74fj40
01-16-2008, 10:59 AM
I've got a problem - I live in a covenant controlled community. I have two cars in my driveway that are un-licensed because they need work in order to pass emissions.
The covenant police are asking me to move the cars - NOW!
We own some property in Park County, where emissions tests are not required.
Does anyone know if it's possible to register a car in a county different than where you live?

SteveH
01-16-2008, 11:03 AM
Yes, but you need a mailing address in that county, so a PO box would be helpful. The county has to mail your renewal notice somewhere.

Chris
01-16-2008, 11:07 AM
No problem for you Max, just use the cabin's address which is perfectly legal.

74fj40
01-16-2008, 11:38 AM
Steve - got a street address with no mailbox.....the renewal notice won't matter that much, cause it'll be a collector plate and won't need to be renewed for 5 yrs.Yes, but you need a mailing address in that county, so a PO box would be helpful. The county has to mail your renewal notice somewhere.

Chris - even though my drivers license has my Doug Co address on it?
oh...and, there's no cabin yet...just a little camper...Rob
No problem for you Max, just use the cabin's address which is perfectly legal.

corsair23
01-16-2008, 01:16 PM
Rob,

Doiing this still won't necessarily appease the covenant police now that you are on their radar...

I imagine you were either unlucky in that they noticed the vehicles during a drive by OR more likely one of your neighbors complained. I haven't read the HOA covenants for awhile but just licensing the vehicles is only part of the solution. IIRC the covenants require the vehicle to also be driveable as well.

So, even if you get the rigs licensed, if they still just sit in place the convenant police will probably continue to come after you :( - Your best bet is to put them in the garage if you can, or move them somewhere else for the time being until they are both driveable and licensed.

If it is a neighbor complaining you will continue to get visited and letters. I did continually even though my old 40 was licensed, legally parked, and driveable. But, one neighbor didn't like that it was parked in the street and rarely moved so they complained.

HOA can be a PITA for sure, but then again it does keep your neighbor from parking an RV in their front yard :D

74fj40
01-16-2008, 01:24 PM
Hey Jeff - It is a neighbor and we know which one....and we are already dead center on the covenant police radar - have been for some time.
Luckily, one of the cars does run, just smokes a little, so we can move it periodically, and I think we can get away with it until we have a chance to pull the engine and fix it up.
The other is undergoing a re-ringing as we speak and should be finished in a couple of weeks, so we will soon be able to move that one around too.
Unfortunately, the garage is full until we finish a couple of projects that are taking up room there.
Can't fault the existence of the covenants - they were in place when we bought our house, so we agreed to abide by them, and they do serve a purpose.

Rob,

Doiing this still won't necessarily appease the covenant police now that you are on their radar...

I imagine you were either unlucky in that they noticed the vehicles during a drive by OR more likely one of your neighbors complained. I haven't read the HOA covenants for awhile but just licensing the vehicles is only part of the solution. IIRC the covenants require the vehicle to also be driveable as well.

So, even if you get the rigs licensed, if they still just sit in place the convenant police will probably continue to come after you :( - Your best bet is to put them in the garage if you can, or move them somewhere else for the time being until they are both driveable and licensed.

If it is a neighbor complaining you will continue to get visited and letters. I did continually even though my old 40 was licensed, legally parked, and driveable. But, one neighbor didn't like that it was parked in the street and rarely moved so they complained.

HOA can be a PITA for sure, but then again it does keep your neighbor from parking an RV in their front yard :D

Chris
01-16-2008, 01:31 PM
Chris - even though my drivers license has my Doug Co address on it?

oh...and, there's no cabin yet...just a little camper...Rob

Driver's license addresses don't have to show the current address. Mine has my old address and nobody cares. You are supposed to register the change and can do it on line. It doesn't show of your license though.

Camper/cabin, whose going to check? Get the PO Box and it's good.

Chris
01-16-2008, 01:36 PM
HOA's are a nuisance but the real headache is from the HOA nazi's who enjoy making life difficult for others. You might want to use the tactic of someone we know (you do too) who has a 60's pickup with a built 390 and nitrous. His neighbors complained about his truck not running and sitting in his driveway. He proved it drove by running up and down his block at 5am before heading to work.

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Maybe not 100% accurate but close...

corsair23
01-16-2008, 02:43 PM
Hey Jeff - It is a neighbor and we know which one....and we are already dead center on the covenant police radar - have been for some time.
Luckily, one of the cars does run, just smokes a little, so we can move it periodically, and I think we can get away with it until we have a chance to pull the engine and fix it up.
The other is undergoing a re-ringing as we speak and should be finished in a couple of weeks, so we will soon be able to move that one around too.
Unfortunately, the garage is full until we finish a couple of projects that are taking up room there.
Can't fault the existence of the covenants - they were in place when we bought our house, so we agreed to abide by them, and they do serve a purpose.


Good luck with that then :hill:

It sounds like your neighbor and mine might be related :eek: - My neighbor came from somewhere that NO vehicles were allowed to park on the street or in the driveway and figured the same rules applied in the Ranch. I know it drives him NUTS when we park outside. Not much you can do about them though other than move or abide by the letter of the law so to speak. Get the one licensed and driveable and figure out something to do with the other one. I'd offer up a garage spot for you but as you've seen there is no way I can fit another vehicle in my garage right now. :o

If you want to bring one of the vehicles over and plop it in front of the house for a few days just to move 'em around a little let me know :thumb:. It would be fun just to do it to annoy my neighbor for awhile :D

74fj40
01-16-2008, 02:59 PM
Thanks for the offer Jeff - you're right - i though my garage was full until I saw yours......

Good luck with that then :hill:

It sounds like your neighbor and mine might be related :eek: - My neighbor came from somewhere that NO vehicles were allowed to park on the street or in the driveway and figured the same rules applied in the Ranch. I know it drives him NUTS when we park outside. Not much you can do about them though other than move or abide by the letter of the law so to speak. Get the one licensed and driveable and figure out something to do with the other one. I'd offer up a garage spot for you but as you've seen there is no way I can fit another vehicle in my garage right now. :o

If you want to bring one of the vehicles over and plop it in front of the house for a few days just to move 'em around a little let me know :thumb:. It would be fun just to do it to annoy my neighbor for awhile :D

Chris - you're right - give some people a little power.....HOA's are a nuisance but the real headache is from the HOA nazi's who enjoy making life difficult for others. You might want to use the tactic of someone we know (you do too) who has a 60's pickup with a built 390 and nitrous. His neighbors complained about his truck not running and sitting in his driveway. He proved it drove by running up and down his block at 5am before heading to work.

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Maybe not 100% accurate but close...

74fj40
01-16-2008, 03:11 PM
Last question....do we have to pretend that it is our primary address, or can we say it's a secondary residence?

RockRunner
01-16-2008, 03:22 PM
Can't fault the existence of the covenants - they were in place when we bought our house, so we agreed to abide by them, and they do serve a purpose.


I must commend you on your willingness and understanding to work with the HOA in place. We had a neighbor who moved in and proceeded to sue the HOA a week after moving in. He had not done anything wrong yet but was planning on it. Needless to say he moved out 6 months later with a huge legal bill.

I we did not live on a Col de Sac I would offer our street. I am sure you will be able to get them licensed in your other county.

corsair23
01-16-2008, 04:01 PM
Last question....do we have to pretend that it is our primary address, or can we say it's a secondary residence?

Hmmm...don't know :confused:

Say technically you did have a cabin up there and technically you did leave one or both vehicles up there for use, then that would seem to fit the second residence idea...My best suggestion would be to call or stop by the Douglas Cty DMV and ask. Unlike a lot of government agencies I've found the Douglas Cty DMV to be fairly helpful over the years :thumb:

nuclearlemon
01-16-2008, 04:48 PM
hoa's suck. that said, they shouldn't even ask if it's secondary residence or not. it shouldn't matter.

74fj40
01-16-2008, 07:37 PM
sweet - I'll let you know Friday what happens....hoa's suck. that said, they shouldn't even ask if it's secondary residence or not. it shouldn't matter.

bustanutley
01-16-2008, 10:49 PM
Unlike a lot of government agencies I've found the Douglas Cty DMV to be fairly helpful over the years :thumb:

Fully agree with this statment, I was and continue to be pleasently surprised my the dmv down here on the south side compaired to my dealings up north

ScaldedDog
01-17-2008, 12:19 AM
Max, I've done exactly what you're planning to do, and had no problems, but we a PO box in Fairplay. Technically, you're supposed to register the vehicle in the county where it spends most of it's time, but no one checks. We even had Park send one of our car registrations to our Jeffco address, with no issues.

We've since sold the place we had up there (except for the adjacent acre - anyone want an acre of ground next to a national forest? :-)), so we're re-registering down here as they come due. The emissions nonsense is a pain, but so was picking up the registrations that we had sent up there.

Mark

FJBen
01-17-2008, 09:12 AM
If you are going to put collectors plates on, they are good for 5 years and then you never have to emissions it again as long as you pay when they are due....


Sooo....that means you can register at the cabin, put the collectors on, and then change to your current address and no emissions ever again :)

nuclearlemon
01-17-2008, 09:22 AM
If you are going to put collectors plates on, they are good for 5 years and then you never have to emissions it again as long as you pay when they are due....


Sooo....that means you can register at the cabin, put the collectors on, and then change to your current address and no emissions ever again :)

hhhhhmmmmmm, can i register at your cabin:hill:

74fj40
01-18-2008, 02:00 PM
I can't believe how easy it was...got a po box in Bailey, then in and out of the Bailey DMV in about 10 minutes - the whole trip there and back almost took less time than going to the local DougCo DMV...
Thanks for everybody's input.

Romer
01-18-2008, 02:02 PM
Did you get the mail to the PO Box forwarded to your house?

74fj40
01-18-2008, 02:23 PM
Nah - we're never going to receive mail there - we got collectors plates which won't need to be renewed for 5 yrs. - and we drive through Bailey to get up to South Park a couple times a month, so we can check mail occassionaly if need be...

ScaldedDog
01-18-2008, 07:38 PM
Nah - we're never going to receive mail there

Actually, if Bailey is anything like Fairplay, you'll get a ton of junk mail you'll have to clear out.

Mark

Romer
01-18-2008, 07:49 PM
Isn't it free to forward mail?

Thinking thats better than having a problem.

But then I am old and careful and you are young and carefree :D