Homeowners Association Forbids Military Veteran from Making Furniture in His Own Garage

A military veteran has been making furniture in his home garage for over a decade and then donating it to needy military families.

But no longer. The housing overlords have ordered him to stop.

According to CBS Sacramento,

A homeowners association is telling Dennis Kocher he needs to close up shop after years of doing business, or he could be fined between $100 and $1,000.

“I may not paint, sand, cut wood or screw on the property at anytime,” he said.

[See also: “Homeowners Association; ‘Take Down Sign Because It Violates Rules We Just Made Up.’”]

It started with making him jump through hoops.

“I don’t make a profit. The money I spend is my own money, my own time and talents and I build it to give to the Beale [Air Force Base],” he said.

Even as a nonprofit, the Vietnam veteran was told he had to get a business permit, which he did in 2012.

But once he had kicked at the football, they snatched it away. The homeowners association took his business license away in March 2014.

Of course, they also framed him with false accusations.

“Now they’ve come back to me and said I’m producing odors and noxious fumes,” he said.

Such complaints typically come from neighbors, but those who live nearby have written letters supporting Dennis Kocher and his work.

We tried getting answers from the association’s general manager, but he would not comment.

Those must be strange noxious fumes that go straight up into the air over the veteran’s home, drift over his nearest neighbors, and then descend upon whoever made (up?) the complaint. How could one even know the odor was coming from the garage at that distance?

The Viet Nam veteran says he will fight for his right to make furniture in his own garage, but how will he be able to do that? These homeowner associations seem to have dictatorial powers. They have both the power to make up their own rules and to assert what the factual basis for the rules.

If you thought it was a free country, think again.