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I spend the winter in an age restricted community in S. Florida. The owners
desire to have a quiet lifestyle, without the problems caused by "yung"
families. (I am a renter.) The rules: No one under 55. No trucks. No
motorcycles. No pets. No "kinderlekh."
Other than "vinter" vacation or Spring Break, you never hear "der
gelekhter" (the laughter) of young children. There are no children in the
swimming pool or in the clubhouse. There are no swings or water slides.
When you make a decision to buy/rent in an age restricted community, you place
yourself in the position of following rules.
There's even a "Condo Commander" to make sure that you adhere to them. Here's
one definition gleaned from the "internets" (internet):
The condo commando is an egocentric person on a condominium's board of directors
who rules by intimidation, putting his/her interests ahead of others, abusive to
the property manager and any board member who gets in the way. Dominates
meetings, won't let others speak. Can be prone to angry ("broygez")
"An emese mayse" (absolutely true story), was told by Michael Mayo (Mayo
on the side), Sun-Sentinel.
A woman's father had a unit in Century Village in Boca Raton, Florida. He passed
away. Because of the current market conditions, the family hasn't been able to
sell or rent it. She also lives in Century Village--in another building.
The family wanted to put the "leydik" (vacant) apartment to good use. The
woman's 38-year-old "tochter" (daughter) has two children, ages 11 and
14, and has been struggling financially. She is a divorced woman ("grushe").
The woman let her daughter and two grandchildren move in. This makes "sekhl"
(sense), right? Why have an "leydik" (empty) condo and a potentially
homeless family when you can put the two together ("tsuzamen")?
Especially when you consider the struggling family's relatives actually owns the
That's not how things work in condo-land! The building is age-restricted,
meaning only people "fuftsik un finf" (55)--and older--are allowed to
So, it didn't take long for some folks to start complaining about the "kinderlekh"
living there. The condo association took action and told the woman her
family would have to move.
Where's the compassion? Where's our "mentshhayt" (humanity)? Where's our
common sense? "Vos far a meshigas?"--What kind of nonsense is that?
A second story, posted on "Mayo on the side":
A woman who is living in a 55 and over community in Deerfield Beach (FL) is
selling her condo due to the rule of no pets. Her physician has told her that a
pet would be good for her health. She wrote a letter to the condo saying her
reason for selling and was told that she bought the condo knowing that pets were
not allowed. Yes, she was aware of the rule, but AT THAT TIME she did not need a
dog for company.
Her advice: "DON'T BUY A CONDO...get a house of your own so u can do what u
There was even an episode on "Third Rock from the Sun" in which Sally joins the
condo association and starts ruthlessly enforcing the rules. This included going
after a neighbor with a mezuzzah on the doorpost!
In 2010, we have "milyons" of Americans whose homes are "underwater,"
meaning that they owe the mortgage lender more than their "heym" is
worth. And--in the first story-- here's a perfectly "gut" condo that is
going to sit empty.
This is not a "klotz kashel"--a foolish question. Shouldn't condos ease
up on the rules for "di noyt" (the hardship) cases?
These three quotes say it all:
"Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them."
"Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules."
"Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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