ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque woman thought her home could use a little color and a little character.
Now, she's getting the business from her homeowners association because of it, and she's seeing red because of that.
“It's definitely cookie-cutter, and they obviously don't want anybody to have anything different besides what the builders wanted," Sonja Waldrop told KRQE News 13.
Waldrop was looking for a splash of color, a little curb appeal.
“I'm from New England, and we have a lot of colors, and we don't do earth tones," she said.
So earlier this month, furloughed in the middle of the government shutdown, she went with 'rustic red hawk' for her garage and front door.
“I went ahead and painted forgetting we had a homeowners association,” Waldrop said.
She lives off Juan Tabo Boulevard SE in the Volterra neighborhood near Kirtland Air Force Base. Once the paint dried, the HOA came knocking.
“I was not happy because I spent a lot of money on the house, and they're not making my payment,” Waldrop said.
They told Waldrop under the rules her house needed to be 'more compatible' with the rest of the homes there, meaning 'subdued' or 'natural earth tones'.
We were able to reach the Homeowners Association by phone but they wouldn't tell us much, other than you have to get a committee's approval to make any changes or modifications to your home. They also told us the color didn’t make the cut.
“Had I known that before we bought, I would have looked elsewhere,” Waldrop said.
While the HOA has a problem with her color scheme, her neighbors don't seem to mind.
“Ii think it's good,” Maria Custodio said. “We always see that wonderful house there. I don't think its offensive to be able to express yourself.”
“I understand why we have a HOA because you don't want to become too radical, you don't want to degrade the property or environment, but on the same token, were all individuals,” another neighbor said.
Some see it as a trick, others, as a treat. All Waldrop sees is red.
“I don't know that I'm willing to bend,” Waldrop said. “I don't see that I've done anything wrong. So, I'm thinking I'm going to just stay in violation until they do what they have to do to me.”
Waldrop says her homeowners association has threatened to put a lien on her home if she doesn't slap a new coat of paint on her front door and garage door.
This is a standoff and they gave her a deadline. She has until Nov. 4 to make the changes.
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