Someone's always watching you
It may seem like a huge step up to buy a home in a neighborhood that is maintained by homeowner’s association. However, you could just be setting yourself up to be constantly surveilled, criticized, and even fined. It can feel like living in a prison when you’re told what you can do and what you are forbidden to do by your neighbors. These people will make you think twice about where you buy your next home.
No Pool For You
My father in law’s condo corp has a shared pool. The old folks don’t like to share, so they have all kinds of silly rules, like no more than one guest per resident, residents only times alternating every hour, etc. My FIL can’t even take his own two grandkids for a swim because he’d exceed the number of allowed guests. So many rules the damn pool is usually empty.
Because the residents were still breaking the rules, they passed a new rule that if any resident was caught breaking the pool rules, they would close the pool to everyone for a week and post the offender’s name and reason for the closure on the community bulletin board. (DrunkenGolfer)
The Grass Isn’t Greener
Fined multiple times and threatened with a lien by the HOA because we would not water our grass during a major, major drought season.
It was cheaper and easier to fight the HOA since the City AND State passed regulations banning constant watering and green grass. The City had Google like vans with cameras that’d be driving neighborhoods to catch violators and fine them. (poisonivvy13)
How Nature Works
They sent us a series of nasty notices to remove the dead tree in our front yard. The tree had lost all of its leaves and it was unsightly, apparently.
The catch is that they sent us this notice in November. You know, like, FALL. When perfectly healthy trees lose their leaves.
We pretended we didn’t understand which tree they were talking about until spring, when the tree magically came back to life. (Phoencopterus)