He promptly went out to the yard, dug up the newly placed sod, calmly walked next door, and threw the sod at the window of the HOA president while screaming all sorts of obscenities I hadn't heard till then.
The grass was later re-sodded and we were charged $400 and given two bills for re-sodding. Realizing he was defeated, we paid. We moved a year later for seemingly unrelated reasons, but I like to believe my dad's impotent rage played some part in our decision to not buy in an HOA controlled community thereafter."
"I was once made to resod my front lawn...in the middle of summer with average daily temperatures over 100 degrees...during one of the worst droughts on record....while the whole city was under watering restrictions. In my case, the fine for not resodding the lawn by a particular date was $100 per day until it was done.
The new lawn (which I had spent several hundred dollars on) promptly died and they tried to make me replace it again, but apparently, enough people had complained by that point that before I did they agreed not to make us replace our lawns until the water restrictions were lifted. The most infuriating part is that there were drought-resistant native grasses I could have planted that would have stayed green (or at least green-ish) during the drought, but they were not on the HOA's 'approved' list.
Confession time: I had to get up early for work (3 am), so as I drove through the neighborhood, I looked for people watering their lawns in the middle of the night on violation of restrictions. Most people were just trying to avoid being hassled by the HOA, I know, so I left them alone. But when I saw members of the HOA board doing it, I reported them to the city."
"My brother bought a house in an HOA area, however, he never signed up. This was a very new cookie cutter neighborhood. The neighbors and the HOA were extremely rude and nosy. He basically bought the place partially finished so he could finish it himself to create value before selling it. During this time they would spy on him, call the cops on him, and just act like petty fools, so he checked the HOA rules and found they had very strict conformity rules for the neighborhood. He decided to get revenge by doing things that added value that would cost everyone else, like putting in trees and other nice landscaping. His neighbors had no choice but to conform to what he was doing. He did something, and a few days to a week later everyone else followed suit. In the end, his landscaping and remodeling of the house increased the value of his home by a decent margin beyond the original plan.
He said that in the end everyone really hated him, and was surprised that no one marched on his home with pitchforks, but in the end, he didn't care. He said if the HOA was smart enough they could have changed the rules at the first sign of trouble anyway.
He was so glad to sell the place and move on. He now has a large ranch home far, far away from anyone."
"My parents' HOA has a rule that you are NOT allowed to cut down trees without a 'permit' from them, at ANY time, for ANY reason. The first winter they lived there, there was an ice storm and a tree fell onto the neighbor's deck, taking out his entire deck and the sliding glass door that went from his kitchen to his deck. My dad went over with his chainsaw to help him cut down the tree that was now in his kitchen, and, MID-STORM, someone from the association heard the chainsaw and came over asking if they had a permit to cut apart the tree in my neighbor's kitchen. He told them to get bent and they tried to give him a $1,000 fine for 'cutting down a tree without a permit.'
They can fine you, and if you don't pay it they can take you to court AND put a lien on your property for it. The HOA tried to take him to court and that did not go over well.
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