Someone's always watching you
By The Rules
When we moved in, someone stopped by to say hi but more like to tell us our boat can’t be parked on our lot. My wife told her well we read all of the rules and it doesn’t say that. She replied, “Well I wrote the rules so I should know.” My wife told her to go read them.
Don’t hear anything for months. When we get our annual dues packet there is a newsletter saying our lot is in violation and that we stated plans to modify our garage to fit the boat in the spring (we never said that). They suggested setting a deadline for us and setting a vote to add boats to the list they already had (campers, fifth wheels, motor homes, and travel trailers)
Bought the house intending to build a detached garage, but in order to comply with the design rules it would cost me $90k USD so I’m waiting until I get an official anything in the mail. Then I’ll get a storage unit. (freezer41)
Do It Now
My HOA decided that my trim needed to be painted RIGHT NOW. Threatened a $100 a month fine if it wasn’t. The trouble is that it was January, and I live near Chicago.
As I was buying the paint, the salesperson keeps telling me that the paint won’t dry, it will just freeze, and fall off within 6 months. I was selling in the spring anyway, so I didn’t care. Painted the trim in a temperature of seven degrees F. (Allthenamesareregone)
Too Darn Hot
When I was a kid I lived in one of the two front rooms of the house, which were the hottest in the summer and the coldest in the winter. My dad didn’t like to use the AC so we all just had fans. One summer it got so unbearably hot in my room that fans just weren’t cutting it and I was miserable.
My dad then put an AC unit in my window and it was awesome. But it was short lived because the HOA told us to take it down because it was an “eyesore.” My parents told them it was for their child but they didn’t care, so my parents had to take it down.
The kicker is that, just down the street, a guy who had the exact same model house as us had an AC unit installed in the same exact window as the one we had it in, and the HOA never said a word to him. (ZenMacros)