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Another Home Owner Assoc. Run Amok

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Drucifer, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

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    It's not.

    But I don't want to live next to a house that has 10 junk cars in the front yard. (I am not saying you do. ;)) That is my right and to guarantee this, I chose to live in a place that has CCR's and an HOA. Again, it is my choice. I give up a few freedoms in order to live in a place where my neighbors are required to keep their properties up to a certain standard.

    And in my neighborhood, if we didn't have an HOA that contracts with a plowing company, we would never get off this hill in the winter.
     
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Thankfully we live in America and can choose where to live.
     
  3. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    Junk cars and snow/ice removal are safety issues. Blue trim and pink playhouses are not.

    Don't forget the metal detectors and flak vests 'cuz I'm pretty sure the guy in Kentucky won't be the last to melt down at an HOA meeting.
     
  4. djlong

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    Here in our town, we have ordinances. One such ordinance says that you cannot have more than one unregistered car visible to the street.

    We don't need an HOA run by people who don't have jobs and, with all that spare time on their hands, have nothing better to do than exercise their Stepford fantasies. I hate to sound like I'm generalizing, but the worst offenders in these parts have been non-working spouses who don't need to work - that's what I mean by "people who don't have jobs".

    I don't know if it protects your property values to keep people like me out, as I will never subject myself to the capricious whims of those who need to justify their existence by 'ruling' others. But I'm the guy who'd put over $60,000 into his house to repair it and upgrade it and I have plans to re-landscape the entire backyard. I own my home and I give a damn about it. But I have a neighbor who's fallen on hard times and his house looks a bit run down. My reaction is not to fine and/or sue him but maybe help find him some work.

    Over exuberant HOAs literally make me sick.
     
  5. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    aka "Ladies Who Lunch"
     
  6. puckwithahalo

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    I think that's the key phrase here. HOA's can open things to abuse of power, and that is most people's problem it seems. All you really hear about are the bad cases, usually the really absurd ones. I'd say the vast majority of HOA's are a benefit to those who live under them.
     
  7. Upstream

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    My town has ordinances too. For the most part, the ordinances allow people to do normal things with their property, but prevents them from doing "whatever they want."

    Of course, sometimes it is easier to just ignore the ordinances. Many years ago, my neighbor put up a shed in a clearing in the woods line behind our houses. The shed was two feet too close to the property line, in violation of the ordinance, and visible from my back patio.

    I considered my options. I could complain to the town or I could sue. I decided to plant a tree in my yard, which hides his shed from my view.

    Sometimes it is just nicer to get along with your neighbors.
     
  8. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    My HOA is actually quite terrific - despite some of the rules that I think are silly.

    Every rule is made by one of several commitees. Each commitee is made of homeowners from our complex. If there's a new rule or a change, they have a town meeting to discuss it. Anyone is welcome to voice their opinions.

    The financials and legals are run by a separate company. Their rep is at all meetings to ensure that we stay legal.

    The HOA pays for roofing, pays for house painting, maintains the grounds, repave the roads, etc for a fair fee. They are currently in a painting phase. They offered 5 different colors (selected by a designer and approved by commitee). You picked 3 in order of preference. The colors are modern and look good together.

    As far as helping in this economy, the Association renegotiated with both Security and maintenance to get better deals. In the last 7 years, my dues have gone up a total of $12.

    Granted, I got 'in trouble' for having hot pink curtains, but we lined them and all was well.
     
  9. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone DBSTalk Club

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    As is mine (and my previous one).

    Not only are the rules (or which I agree with) enforced fairly, but they also put on lots of activities (egg hunts for the kids, swim parties, pot luck lunches, etc.) just about every month. It's an actual community.
     
  10. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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    +1, although my previous home was in an established area with no HOA.
    Our HOA maintains common areas, the community pools (2) and sponsors many activities for residents throughout the year.
    Our development is quite large - potentially around 1000 homes. Of course, the economy over the past few years has caused a number of builders to back out. This year, an established builder that has built several subdivisions in the area, has begun building homes ($250K plus) in a section of the development. They've have around 10 homes nearing completion, all of which sold quickly. Their model home hasn't even been completed as yet!
     
  11. davidpo

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    I used to live in a community with a HOA.If I had one weed in my yard I got a letter to get rid of it. I finally got fed up with this ignorant crap,and told the lady the next letter I got I was coming to see her. I never received another letter,and thankfully I left that hell hole. It's just like i told my boss to get off my back or I was going to remove him people with perceived power let it go to their heads.
     
  12. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    So let me get this straight: you threatened your boss? What did you mean by 'remove him'?
     
  13. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone DBSTalk Club

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    Hard to imagine he wouldn't get along with an HOA, eh?
     
  14. djlong

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    One way that I dealt with my condo association - which led to me vowing to never live under an HOA...

    We had a 2BR 'flat' with a balcony. We bought a couple of bicycles and stored them on the balcony. A few months later we were told that our bikes were 'illegal' - not on the approved list of items allowed on 2nd story balconies. They also mentioned the astroturf carpet was illegal. Well, I pointed out that the carpet had been there for years (pre-dating our purchase) and wasn't in the rules anyway.

    Then I told them that there was no other storage option for our bikes. No storage spaces were made when the buildings were built. I told them that if we were forced to store our bikes inside - and take up room that we didn't have to spare - and our young child were to accidentally pull a bike down on top of herself, I would hold THEM personally responsible and legally liable.

    I never heard from the condo association again.
     
  15. davidpo

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    It was no threat,and far as what I meant well I meant I'd whip his ass from one side of the plant to the other. I never had another problem with him,and I'm still working at the same plant.
     

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