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Round Rock family's fight with HOA heads to court

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Construction on the Patton family’s backyard shed began in August 2010.

At that time, Brian Patton said he was given the green light from his neighborhood’s Homeowners Association.

"They came out and did the first inspection. That's a line inspection (he said pointing to the outline of where their shed would go) where they set out ropes and they check the lines to make sure we are not on easements. They passed it," Patton said.

The storage building was nearly completed when the postman delivered a letter of bad news.

"The letter says we were not in compliance with HOA rules," he said.

After receiving the letter, Patton said he meticulously combed through the rules and double checked his work and found no broken bylaws.

According to the letter, the HOA believed otherwise and asked the City of Round Rock to come out and re-inspect the work.

"They came out and re-inspected it, and come to find out they approved it again. They said there was nothing wrong with where it was sitting or anything like that," Patton said.

When YNN asked Patton why the HOA didn’t want the shed there, Patton said he was told it was an eyesore, but there is no mention of eyesore in the Laurel Ridge Homeowners Association's rules.

The rules state "detached buildings" must match the look of the existing home and the Patton’s shed did.

The disagreement to build or not to build resulted in a HOA lawsuit to stop construction. The Patton's countered with their suit to keep working. Now a judge will decide who has it right when it comes to the neighborhood rules.

A representative for the Laurel Ridge Homeowners Association would not comment for the story. The case is expected to be heard in a Williamson County court sometime Tuesday.

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