LOS LUNAS, NM (KRQE) – Residents of a New Mexico community are protesting a recent move by their homeowners association. They were suddenly told that they couldn’t park work vehicles on their property unless it was in a garage. Many argue that this is an impossible rule for some of them to follow.
Many residents of the Huning Ranch community in Los Lunas have received violation letters over the past few weeks telling them it is a violation to park a commercial vehicle in plain view. Many of them are confused because it seems to have come out of nowhere.
Stephen Doyle shares: “I actually parked this vehicle there for two and a half years, pretty much since the COVID pandemic. And, you know, it’s literally my office for our company, we don’t have a place at our location to park, we pick up products that we leave, you know, so it’s actually my warehouse. He continues: “You know, I would say my first response was that I was angry, I was very angry.”
After receiving the notice, Doyle began writing emails and making phone calls to his HOA management company. The problem he and many others have is that these trucks are too big and too long to fit in a garage. Neighbors said they didn’t know it was a rule and wonder if it was just enacted or if it has never been enforced until now.
Doyle says he received a call this morning from the association saying they had been inundated with complaints and would change the rule to exempt trucks under one tonne. This solves the problem for Doyle but not for all of his neighbors.
“You’re hitting people financially, right now, gas prices, you know, insurance, food, everything has gone up, and now they just want to rack up their expenses and do that park somewhere else. Just a very frustrating situation,” Doyle said.
Doyle says fines start at $50 and quickly escalate to $100. He said Arroyo del Oso property management has started a digital petition in an effort to address this issue. What is unclear is what is considered a utility vehicle, but there is an exception for public safety vehicles or association-approved public utility vehicles.
KRQE News 13 reached out to management company HOA to ask about the reason for the rule and how long it’s been in effect, but two people told it they weren’t authorized to speak to the media. News 13’s calls were transferred to the vice president and were not returned.