In regards to Tuesday’s front-page article “Man at center of dispute defends tactics,” as a resident of the Lake Linganore community for over 15 years, I beg the opportunity to respond.

Lake Linganore is a unique community, and people live here for a reason — we share common interests in how we will live. We make a free choice to live here. Choosing to live by our community rules is not a mandatory decision, but one made in the true fashion of American freedom. An individual must read, agree to and freely sign a covenant, a set group of rules for homeowners, prior to purchasing a home in Lake Linganore.

The homeowners in Lake Linganore pay monthly dues for the luxury of a community that is maintained and has amenities. I feel it is important to state that Shaun Porter was not a homeowner and rented the property in which he resided. Porter was enjoying the amenities of a maintained community while obviously not participating in the true interests of the communal group.

I have no problem with individuals publicly displaying their “rights.” However, please do so on your own property and on your own dollar. Individuals such as Porter should choose to reside in a neighborhood, or parcel of land, which is not supported by a dues-paying community with specific, agreed-upon covenants. Personally, I thank our Founding Fathers for my right to decide to live in a community that has governing documents.

Marian Moormann

Lake Linganore

(12) comments

Shaun Porter

I paid the same dues. I paid the taxes. I paid all the costs of that property. I paid for landscapers to maintain the property as I was only there about half the time. There is no "communal goal". You have no right to property you don't pay for. PERIOD. Just cause I rented that place doesn't make it ok to steal my yard signs when there are nor covenants against them. Right and wrong. You don't seem to get it. The HOA harassed me and my son. I put up signs. PERIOD. That's what I did. It was legal. It had NOTHING to do with race. I hear that the HOA is stealing people's basketball nets that people did not buy a "permit" to use on their property?? They were stolen and now the HOA is demanding $20 to allow you to drive to the Coldstream yard and pick it up yourself!!! If you want to watch Bob Kimble in action goto youtube and watch him stealing yard signs. He cost you "property owners" thousands..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhXbt7hYsww
FYI I have owned houses and land in the past. I owned a house in Spring Ridge. The HOA was great there. I sold it. I moved. I rented because it made sense for me. No closing costs to get in...no real estate commission to get out the home. Lake Linganore property has dropped in value more than 10% since I moved in FY2009....10% of 500,000 is $50,000 of money that I would have borrowed to buy it in 2009. So I would have wrote a check for $50k plus $10 in closing costs and 5% broker fees to pay exactly per month what I was paying in rent??? Seriously? Who is the smart one?

KellyAlzan

Shaun, will you be opening a civil suit against the LLA?

KellyAlzan

So What Marian is saying is:

Lake Linganore is NOT open to renters. ONLY the actual property owners may reside there.

LOL I love it!

DickD

Marion, I don't know anything about your rules or covenants, but it was my understanding, from the previous article, that it was HOA rules, not covenants. If someone violates a covenant, they can be taken to court, but there is no organization to enforce. HOA rules are enforceable under contract law and with fines. It is an active organization, that enforces the rules, which can and sometimes are amended.

My problem with Mr. Porter, whether he violated HOA or covenant rules is what he did. Now he claims he did not put up large signs or a truck with ugly painting until after the HOA gave him a bad time and some neighbors called the sheriff. Even if true, it seems to me Mr. Porter's actions were excessive and objectionable.

Shaun Porter

Free country. You are free to disagree with anything. The covenants are what the "rules" are based on. They are like an ex post facto clarification. They must be so close to the covenants that they would hold up in court as an allowable expansion of a covenant. Most cases they get tossed. You have a no commercial sign covenant. That's all. Put up any other signs you like. Pink ,,,Purple,,,etc.. P.S. if I owned that house I would have reacted the same. The "organization to enforce" is in fact the courts. The HOA would need to get an injunction. The HOA can't fine. It's a punishment. Punishment can only come from government. Why do you think they are filing articles of municipal incorporation to make Lake Linganore a city?

vicdavy

People who support Mr.Porter don't want government, regulations or responsibility. They are basically anarchist narcissists who should go out and join the militia in Oregon and live in the 18th Century.

DickD

What is most interesting to me is Mr. Porter is a young man, how did he get so much hatred.

Shaun Porter

There is not hatred. Hatred of what HOA's stalking an 11 year old kid putting out the trash. LLA needs to get a grip.

b1sellers

I don't support Porter's tactics but I certainly understand his frustration with an HOA. Personally I will never live where there is an HOA - as long as I am paying for my property I will make the decisions on window types, paint colors, gardens, signs, etc...

Shaun Porter

Amen brother....

KellyAlzan

Society has a constitution for a reason. States have laws for a reason. HOA's have bylaws (convenants) for a reason. That reason is to maintain peace.

Mr Porter has not violated any laws. He has not violated any HOA bylaws. A child's pet rabbit is not a "farm animal".

The LLA violated Mr. Porter. In Maryland, HOA's are not legally empowered to ask/demand property owners to evict tenants. Nor does the MD HOA act give HOA's and COA's such power under the circumstances of this issue.

HOA's can not enter a person's property and remove their belongings. To do so, they must obtain a court order. This is done to keep peace. To make sure the HOA is acting with cause and within reason and that they're not running rogue.

So VD, your post really does not correlate with the issue involving Porter and LLA.

Dwasserba

Aw, don't beg.

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