Parents had a house built in a new subdivision years and years ago, most of the people in the area created a HOA, tried to get my parents to join it, no way they said. They would never stop bugging them to join.
They eventually sold their place, but made sure to tell the buyers that they are not required to join the HOA and if they come around trying to claim the house was part of it or put fines on them to tell them to pound sand.
And they sound like the type of people who would ruin their own funeral with nagging.
I wonder how emergency managers trying to discourage people from rushing back too soon would feel about this sort of thing.
This is why I will go out of my way to not live under an HOA.
Louisiana native here. It'll probably get buried by now but I have some horror stories about this from Katrina.
1) Our HOA said we (as in whole neighborhood) couldn't have non cars in our driveways. They said it was because people were storing jet skis in their driveways but they also sent letters to people who put up FEMA trailers for displaced families telling them they had to get rid of them. IIRC we made USA Today for that one.
2) We were also told we couldn't have multiple families living in our homes for an extended period of time. (Our area wasn't completely destroyed so a lot of people had family and friends who lost everything staying in our neighborhood)
3) Our neighbor was having the giant tree that was laying on top of his house removed along with a few others that fell on his property. Guy from the HOA comes by and tells him
HOA: "You know you have to replace those right?"
Guy: "Oh haha. Sure"
HOA: "No, seriously. You have to plant a small tree for any of the natural trees you remove from the property"
That didn't end well
Pretty sure there's some more I'm forgetting but it was 12 years ago.
Please tell me that Millennials are killing HOAs.
Florida resident here that rode the storm out, a guy from our association was driving around today. I was raking the wood chips out of my lawn back into the planter on on side of my yard. He stops and honks to get my attention (loud with dozens of generators running) tells me to clean the other side. I threw my rake at his truck and started running at him screaming like a fucking Apache.
He hauled ass but I am sure I will get a letter soon.
My sister lost her condo to foreclosure because the HOA told everyone they needed to pay $20k/ea for new windows on all units.
Not really a great thing in a place where you're already taxed out the ass and pay double the country premium for any kind of housing (Seattle)
There is only one course of action here:
Make a plywood cover for your doorknob.
We have rocks(bunch of pebbles) in our front yard in place of sod...
We got charged $225 Because ONE SINGLE PEBBLE. Got out of the retaining wall somehow onto the sidewalk in from of my house.
Fuck HOAs man
There needs to be State laws passed against HOAs limiting their authority. It's beyond absurd what they turn into over time. The biggest losers in the neighborhood shouldn't be in decision making roles.
After buying a non HOA house in 2000 and speaking to tons of HOA sellers complaining non stop how horrible HOA's are I am really surprised they exist outside of being entirely for the elderly.