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ok so I have everything setup to install, setup through EV Connect, permits from the City of Irvine, and my charging station. Southern California Edison asked for HOA approval before coming out to the meter.

The reason is because 6 meters come from one location and edison is going to install a 7th meter.

The charging station is inside my private garage. I was told that I need to submit $175 application fee plus submit $300 deposit, returned a few months after install once they inspect that I didn't damage HOA property.

Anyone have any experience dealing with HOA? This is coming from PCMInternet.com which is the management company for a lot of HOA's here in Irvine, CA.. The community manager said that this is the first request and they do not know how to handle it so their lawyer said I need an Architecture Application for changes.
 

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MyColorIsGreen said:
ok so I have everything setup to install, setup through EV Connect, permits from the City of Irvine, and my charging station. Southern California Edison asked for HOA approval before coming out to the meter.

The reason is because 6 meters come from one location and edison is going to install a 7th meter.

The charging station is inside my private garage. I was told that I need to submit $175 application fee plus submit $300 deposit, which they hold indefinitely.

Anyone have any experience dealing with HOA? This is coming from PCMInternet.com which is the management company for a lot of HOA's here in Irvine, CA.. The community manager said that this is the first request and they do not know how to handle it so their lawyer said I need an Architecture Application for changes.


I lived in Irvine, with an HOA, when I first bought my Karma. I did not have this issue with SCE....PM me if you'd like.
 

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In my case, I asked the management company of my building what they would require to approve installation of a charger in one of my parking spots. My office is in a mixed use residential and commercial condo building and I have several parking spaces in the common garage.
I knew that I would need HOA approval before installation in the common garage; that is pretty standard procedure for doing anything in my building. Even in privately controlled space.
The manager specified that I submit drawings for approval, that any approved installation be done by a licensed, bonded electrician, and that I get install permits and subsequent use permit from the city. In my case, I was able to connect up to my existing meter, so no issues with the utility.
The electrician drew up the design schematic for the Association Board to review and I asked for approval at their next board meeting. Once everyone on the board understood that I would be tapping my personal electricity line, not the building's, the approval followed quite easily. They approved that anyone in the building could install a charger if they followed the procedures outlined above. After I got my use permit, I submitted it to the Association manager, and that was that.
Fortunately, the condo manager manages several buildings, and mine was not the first request for such an installation. At first he wanted me to pay for getting the electricity for other users down to that level of the garage, but when I pointed out (several times) that didn’t make sense because it only effected my meter he finally backed off.

I don't know if if helps, but that was my experience with the HOA.
 

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Just out of idle curiosity, and I realize that California has different acronyms than Florida, but what is the HOA?
 

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Home Owner's Association, or as in MyColorIsGreen's case: Hoard Of A**holes.
 

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updated the post after getting clarification about deposit.. they hold it until it is verified that I did not damage the HOA property during the install.
so I guess $175 isn't the end of the world.. but its just one more company trying to get paid.. :)
 
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