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Old 05-25-2011, 04:39 PM   #71
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Thank God we live in the good 'ol US of A where we have the freedom to choose whether we want to live in a condo/subdivision with a HOA and all of its rules or not. Personally I choose to do so, for 36 years now. Do I disagree with some of the individual decisions? Sure, like the one when they decided to start enforcing the long standing prohibition of all but boat trailers in the yard, so I couldn't store my snowmobiles next to the house during the winter like I had for the preceeding 25 years. We pride ourselves in keeping a nice clean subdivision, and we want to keep it that way. I built a pad next to the garage for my RV, but only for a few days at a time when I am prepping for a trip. Even kept it there for 2 weeks while I replaced the floor. No complaints and no letters. Much longer and I might have complained that they should have sent me a letter. The OP had a different situation, but shame on those who don't read the papers they get before they sign on to owning a home with a HOA and then bellyache about having to live by the rules.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:14 AM   #73
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Thank God we live in the good 'ol US of A where we have the freedom to choose whether we want to live in a condo/subdivision with a HOA and all of its rules or not. Personally I choose to do so, for 36 years now. Do I disagree with some of the individual decisions? Sure, like the one when they decided to start enforcing the long standing prohibition of all but boat trailers in the yard, so I couldn't store my snowmobiles next to the house during the winter like I had for the preceeding 25 years. We pride ourselves in keeping a nice clean subdivision, and we want to keep it that way. I built a pad next to the garage for my RV, but only for a few days at a time when I am prepping for a trip. Even kept it there for 2 weeks while I replaced the floor. No complaints and no letters. Much longer and I might have complained that they should have sent me a letter. The OP had a different situation, but shame on those who don't read the papers they get before they sign on to owning a home with a HOA and then bellyache about having to live by the rules.
Or you be like me and buy a house in a subdivision without the HOA and the city allowed boats, rv's, etc to be stored on your property. Then they built two more sections of houses. The last section had a HOA. The HOA members didn't like the city rules and got themselves voted in office as mayor and other seats. Then they started creating city ordnances to apply the HOA rules on everyone in the city. No boat, RV, etc are allowed now. No work trucks, your car can't sit in your driveway more than three days without movement. It's crazy. And they is nothing I can do but sell and move. I leave my dually truck sitting in the drive way driveway since it does not fit in the garage. I'm waiting for day they say something about it. I got a warning once because I brought my RV to the house to work on it for a couple of hours. They didn't want people looking at houses for sale to see the RV and think bad of the neighborhood and that my RV sitting there could cause home prices to drop. it does not matter what I say, it's city rules and I can like it or leave it. Anthony
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We had a problem similar to yours. An older, widowed busybody neighbor would raise a stink at every opportunity and one time I became her target. She also had a dog that continually barked all day.

To shorten this up, this pita would leave her home twice a month to visit her daughter. She'd be gone for 3 to 4 days and when returning home after one of the trips found her driveway blocked by the 5 cubic yards of pea gravel that had been delivered.

She, of course, called the closest aggregate companies (one of which actually made the delivery) raising h3!! and demanding they come to remove it. She was told it would cost more to remove than the gravel cost and they wouldn't do it.

As she was not a popular person in the neighborhood, she had to move all of it herself before she could get her car in the driveway. Took her 3 days to do that (oh, incidentally, there is an ordinance against overnight on-street parking and she got fined after a neighbor alerted the HOA).

Then, because a neighbor informed the aggregate company she used the gravel to border her flower beds, the aggregate company billed her for the gravel, which the lady refused to pay for. The poor thing's account was eventually assigned to a collections company.

A short while later she started getting subscription mailings of almost every magazine you can imagine. I'm sure she particularly enjoyed the brown paper covered editions of such publications as Gay News, Playboy and Hustler. However, Im not too sure she enjoyed being on Lesbian and Gay mailing lists or the calls she received from the many political organizations she pledged to.

Shes gone now and the people she sold her house to are very friendly and quite nice. They generally stay to themselves too.
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Those are the reasons I refuse to buy where a HOA exists. Our neighbor complained when we built our pool house saying what if she didn't like the looks, I told her not to look at it then. End of problem. We built to match our house columns in the front and all. It's not like we built with plywood and tarps. It's 950 sqft, has bath and half, bedroom, full kitchen and a small attached garage. Just goes to show some people just like to complain
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I'll tell what I would do if I was in that spot. I'd take a REALLY good look at the entire HOA contract. Look to see if they left anything out like the word Livestock or number of pets.
Pets allowed you say?? Get a rooster!! Enough said!!
THats rulled out ? get some natural pest control, A Ginnie or two work real well. THey are Great alarm animals. They eat bugs, look like a rounded grey chicken and bark like a dog at anyone or anything they don't trust.
theyleft out livestock? 10X10 fence and 2 hogs!!!!!
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I'm spoiled as I live on 11 acres in a rural area.
HOA's would not like me.
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