The proud owner of the revolutionary Rivian R1T has been caught in a battle with his Homeowners Association due to his possession of an electric pickup truck.
After only two weeks of owning his Rivian R1T, Glenn Gordon from Weston Hills Country Club condominium in Florida received a notice stating that he was no longer allowed to park the truck overnight or all day long in the driveway.
Weston Hills Country Club’s guidelines from the 1980s concerning trucks, trailers, RVs and commercial vehicles are particularly stringent. As a result of this strange request, it has been determined that Rivian R1T falls into the category of a commercial pickup truck; meaning it must be housed in an enclosed space or else its owner will incur fines. This is why the Homeowner’s Association insists on keeping such vehicles out of sight at all times.
Homeowners associations enforce rules that state parking commercial vehicles on driveways affects the neighborhood’s aesthetics. While it may appear peculiar to categorize a luxurious electric vehicle as a work truck, this is what the regulations ordain.
Gordon has no plans to abide by the HOA’s demand, considering their regulations are outdated and absurd. In a conversation with WPLG Local 10 News, he articulated that his Rivian R1T – which was ordered about one year ago – is not an annoyance but an attraction for people living nearby.
Gordon said he’s received many commendations for his new Rivian, with passersby often stopping to ask if they can get a closer look. Unfortunately, due to the size of Gordon’s garage and lack of space, it has been impossible to park this beautiful vehicle in it.
The R1T owner, a resident of Weston Hills Country Club for 27 years, tried to reach out to property management about the issue with no luck. “He told us that if we didn’t remove it soon enough that there would be severe consequences like fines and penalties or even a lien placed on our house,” Gordon said in despair. If not taken care of quickly enough, this problem could potentially result in the loss of their own home.
When the journalist queried him on whether he was aware of this rule when ordering his Rivian truck, he answered that it never crossed his mind. The homeowner believes regulations should keep current with changing trends since pickups emerged as popular personal cars in the 1980s – which is when this HOA’s rules were adopted. He plans to take legal action against the homeowners association for their outdated law.