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Open Letter to My Homeowner Association HOA

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My Letter to the HOA

Over the years I've listened to many stories about the Homeowners Associations of America. The dreaded HOA who seem to go above and beyond to pester residents of communities.

HOA employees are just doing their job, someone has to do it. It's our choice to live in a deed restricted neighborhood. We could also choose not to. Their job isn't an easy one. They hear all sorts of excuses from residents who don't play by the rules.

Having an HOA is beneficial for a community. They assist with property values and resale. I've lived in communities with an HOA for almost 25 years and I appreciate their work and dedication to the area. I never had an issue with them until now. Could it be because many of the residents aren't paying their fees due to foreclosures, rentals or just because they don't want to? I don't know. I don't care to get involved with their situations.

I just don't appreciate when they seem to pester and harass residents over insignificant and frivolous things. I would like the HOA to care more about the communities wants and needs and less about the almighty dollar. Hence my letter to the HOA...

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Dear HOA,

I have received so many letters from you I thought it was time I send you a letter. This is not a letter of praise. This is not a letter of gratitude. This is a letter of annoyance. This is me telling you, I'm tired of being harassed. This is a Sunshine anti-fan letter.

Let me remind you, in case it has slipped your mind...I pay you, you don't pay me. I send you a quarterly payment to do your job. Yes, do your job. I don't pay you to harass me with silly letters. Such as making me aware that my granddaughter left her tricycle on the porch. Seriously? Do you not have better things to do?

Let me remind you one more time...I pay you! I don't pay you to send me a letter that I didn't edge the border of my flower bed when it was only 2 inches high. Really? There must be something more constructive for you to do to earn your salary. OK, I think you now realize that if it wasn't for the residents you most likely wouldn't have a job...a thank you once in a while would be appreciated. I'll now mention the letters I received about a few leaves scattered on the street. Just in case you were't aware of this, the street is actually the counties property. Surely you knew that. How about the letter for weeds? The same weeds that found their way to my yard via my neighbors lawn. The dead spot of grass that's the size of a baseball. Oh my.

Residents supposedly break rules when they don't adhere to each covenant? I won't get into "aren't rules meant to be broken" here, but seriously...you must take into consideration that there are always, always two sides to every story. Just because you have the power of the HOA please don't think that you could do no wrong. I'm here to tell you that you can. You aren't perfect. Perfection doesn't exist in the real world.

What is a Homeowners Association...

Tale of the letters...

First it was a cordial reminder letter. The next month it was a 2nd reminder letter. Then a 3rd letter with a threat to fine me due to not adhering to the "Covenants of the HOA." You are going to fine me for not tending to my lawn, which I do weekly? I pamper my lawn more than I pamper myself. How dare you accuse me or threaten me of being neglectful. I consider that rude. Did you forget who pays your salary? In a nutshell, would you pay a fine for something that you know you did correctly, yet someone else didn't? I'm not passing the blame. If I was guilty as charged I would pay the fine. I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong. Do you?

I'm curious as to why you just drive by homes with your notebooks and never step out of the car. Yes, I've seen you casually coast your car from home to home jotting down notes and taking photos. Why, don't you ever stop by and ring the bell to say hello? If the neighborhood has an HOA chances are it's a safe area. Do you fear confrontations? Are you guilty of something? I consider that cowardly that you won't say hello to me. Maybe we could chat and discuss issues that I might have. Or we could just talk about the weather. I mean I do pay you, wouldn't you like to meet your boss? I am a nice person. I don't bite.

Have you considered cutting back on letters and "going green" and doing your part to save the environment. In addition you could stop wasting our money and go paperless. Did you ever stop and think about the trees that could be saved with the amount of letters that you mail out to residents? You are cutting off our oxygen! How about using email instead of snail mail? Wouldn't that be wiser? How about the telephone? Something for you to consider if you care anything about the environment. Also if you care anything about saving the residents some money. (Insert humor)

For the record I did mail you your letters back. I included the dates and times of all impending fractions of the "covenant" rules, that I supposedly broke. I don't feel I had to do so, I'm an adult and I sure as heck don't think it's right that I need to be "told" when to tend to my yardwork. I sure as heck don't need to be told to clean up leaves from neighbors trees that the rain washed to the front of my house. Do you ever take into consideration that a hardship might have been bestowed unto residents? Do you ever think that you might be too annoying? Believe it or not we could all be annoying. No one is perfect.

You get what you pay for...

Word on the street is that you ended a contract with the maintenance company. You put some good people out of work. Why? Because you received a cheaper deal from a company that you aren't sure if their work is up to par. Yet you saved money. Never mind that the good people who are now out of a job were residents of the community. They worked endless hours to be sure our community sparkled. And it sure did.

Since you are now saving money does this mean our fees will be reduced. I didn't think so. That's more pocket money for you. My fees went up from $158 a quarter to $250 a quarter within 10 years. What do we get? More firework fiestas to drive our animals insane. No thank you!

I do understand you have a job to do. I just don't agree with how you perform your duties. I don't trust the HOA and I am entitled to voice my opinion. All I ask is that you do not harass. No one likes their buttons pushed. No one. It's just not the American way.

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Disclaimer:

As with any group of people, anywhere there will be bad apples. These bad apples ignore the rules. They ignore the "covenant" and don't pay homeowners fees. That's unacceptable. I also think it's unacceptable when the good apples have to suffer due to the bad apples.

Some HOA's try to take advantage of the good apples by trying to syphon extra fees out of them to compensate for the bad apples. That should never be permitted. Maybe I live on a different planet than these HOA's, but if that's the case I'll stay on my planet and you stay on yours. Never, ever try to abuse your power. Never, ever try to do wrong unto someone who is doing the right thing.

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Feel free to vent or commend your HOA experiences... 81 comments

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Linda, I couldn't even imagine having to deal with an HOA. Kevin and I looked a condo before we had kids and this was one of the reasons that we actually opted not to buy a condo. Loved your letter to the HOA here, it was perfect and stated so succinctly. As usual voted up and shared too!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

This is the reason that hubby and I will be buying a farm/ranch. We won't have HOA but we will have the even more anal and overbearing Water Authority! WHOOHOO! "No, you may not drill another well on your property, I don't care if your cows and horses ARE thirsty." :) Great job, Miss Sunshine! :) Smack 'em with your flip flop and toss a shark in their pool!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Linda,

I would never be able to live in this kind of place. You are one brave soul! :) I loved the letter, and everyone of them rude people should have to read this! :) Great job Linda. you really know how to write those letters!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I used to live in a home with an HOA -- never again. If they weren't hounding me for repairs, they were hounding me to get on the board. But I'm surprised that the HOA didn't take care of the issue for you. At our complex, any foliage visible to the public was the responsibility of the HOA. We were only responsible for stuff in our backyards. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

We tried to create a homeowners association in our neighborhood - to deal with the big issues like drugs and prostitution and crime, but so many people were afraid of getting yelled at for petty things like you mentioned that we were not able to get it organized. I think these organizations are great to help the neighborhood band together to effect new developments in the area, etc., but they definitely should be giving the community a chance to take care of things. Do these people come in response to complaints, or do they actually go trolling for things to send letters about?


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Janine, I've heard and read many stories about the HOA and condos. Most of the stories are not very nice. Luckily we haven't had many issues, but the ones we have had are a bit ridiculous. Thank you for sharing.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Terrye, Good luck with the Water Authority! I sure hope the horses and cows get the water they need! And the bears also!!!:)


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Glad to share and I have heard some crazy stories too and like I said that is one of the reason that made us not go that route in the end. Again, thanks for another great article!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Josh, It's not as bad as you might have read!:) A HOA is useful when they don't harass and push buttons...especially Sunshine's.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Shasta, They troll. If you have a complaint you are supposed to discuss it with the neighbor. They do NOT like confrontations. Why, I don't know. Confrontations aren't all that bad. Thank you for sharing!

Thanks Janine!:)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Your HOA has real covenants, Linda? That does sound like a powerful force to reckon with. Mine just sends out emails 2 or 3 times a year raising the rates for the maintenance payments. When it applies to HOAs, power does certainly corrupt!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The problem with HOA's is the ignorant tyrants who run them. Most ignore the limits of provisions and make up their own as they go...especially if they don't like someone.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Sunshine,

Sometimes when people are given any authority or power it goes to their head. I am sure we all know these people.

How anyone could say anything against your spotless pretty house and manicured yawn must be need their eyes examined.

Any homeowner who gets a letter should coast by the HOA’s office and home and write down all the deficiencies in reference to their maintenance and slip it under their door. Or send a Letter of Complaint or better yet, print your hub and send it to them. Tell them to “Save a tree and send emails.”

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Good for you, Linda. If more people respectfully stood up the the HOA Nazis, they might be a bit more reasonable. Why they don't realize you can attract more flies with honey than vinegar I don't know. Being nice will get you so much further! Great hub, Sunshine!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

The sad part is the people reading your letter won't even flinch....no brain no pain! It is the nature of the beast and the HOA is certainly it's own kind of beast.

Your home is lovely BTW.

Voted up, funny and interesting.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi drbj, Yes we have convenants and we must abide and obey those rules or else we are considered to be breaking rules. It's a bit out of control at this time. Yes, send emails! Save a tree, actually a forest!

I totally agree WillStar. I wonder if those tyrants ever consider karma?


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Bobbi and Mary,

Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your support. I know you both understand.


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Send that to the editor of your local newspaper. I can't stand people who love to use their position in associations to nit pick. GO PICK YOUR NOSE I say to them. Great letter! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

All in due time Julie. Thank you for your support. I appreciate it.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

25 years with an HOA! Whoa! My parents have lived with them for a long time, but growing up hearing their complaints about getting letters - similar to what you're saying here - I decided I didn't ever want to be a part of one. I live out in the country and I don't have neighbors - I just avoid the HOA's and the neighbors all together! hehe. I do love your anti-fan letter here, though. I feel like on the one hand, it's good to have an HOA to hold people up to a standard, but I almost think they should be guidelines. Life happens. Grass dies. Leaves fall. Plants change. Kids play. It's all part of the Game. If I got letters from the HOA, I think I'd have to ball it up and throw them at the dude's car when he drove by. Would that get me a fine? LOL


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I think we only have these in private housing associations so thankfully, I am exempt from this type of mail. They sound like a right bunch of what we call 'jobs worths'. Your letter is very good - it's about the way things are done - that's what gets people's backs up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

OMG, Linda (Sunshine)!

Don't get me started on this subject!

We left the gate on the side of our house open...can't do that! We left our garage door open...can't do that! The white painted trim on our house was dirty...bad! The flowers and plants along the walk leading up to our front door were of different heights and colors...pull them up and plant grass!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I think you handled that situation quite well as I'm not sure I wouldn't have made a little visit to these people personally. Those warning letters are ridiculous. I lived for 4 years in a subdivision with a HOA but they weren't too bad, until they elected some new people. When we moved we found a wonderful home in an are with no HOA and I don't miss them a bit. I think your letter is very appropriate and hope you see some results.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Cyndi, I could tell you understand clearly. You could possibly be fined for balling your letter at their car. It's a good idea though!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Julie, I appreciate your support. It's good to hear you don't have too many of these issues in the U.K.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Daisy, Feel free to stop by and vent as often as needed. It sounds like you could sure use it!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Pamela, I did pay a visit to the employees of the HOA this past week. We actually had a nice visit and learned a thing or two about each other. They are just doing their job. It's the "suits" above them who are the culprits.

I'll keep you posted with results. Thank you!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Overall, I do appreciate our HOA. However, I hate those little annoying letters they send about insignificant issues. They start out by saying, "As I was driving by your home one day ...". We have had notes on cleaning our driveway apron, getting stains off our driveway, etc. Please!


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JaydenMiller 4 years ago from USA

Great letter on HOA's. I have lived in them and while they can serve a purpose, some of the people let a little power go to their heads. Voted up!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

I have a great acronym for HOA's but I know I shouldn't use it in mixed company! :-)

Wonderful letter!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Dianna, I'm glad to hear you understand, yet unfortunate for you to have to deal with the "letters" also. Thank you for sharing.

Jayden, I agree. People do allow power to get to their heads in many occupations...heck even some parents have that issue with their kids...that power trip irks me the most. That's another hub :)

Hi Dex! I hope you share your acronym with me one day soon. In private!:)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Interesting! Where I live there is a strata council for the building that sounds similar in that they go around and have rules to be followed. I do hope all gets easier for you. I mean, it IS your house! Anti-fan letter fan here!


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

Great letter! Our HOA is full of... well... let's just say they are sticklers for details and their letters are a great read. I'll have to borrow your idea and write one back some day. Thanks for an entertaining hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Never would I live in a HOA. We lived in apartment building when we were young. The manager accused our dog of leaving bubble bee carcasses around the pool. Can you believe that? It is true. It was one thing after another. We got ants in our apartment we complained they said it was because our stove was dirty. I said oh yeah take a look, not one spec of grease or dirt in the oven. They finally found out the ants were coming from trash in their garage area. We said never again would we live in apartments or anyplace that had control over us.... Voted up on your hub.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Linda, though we do not have the HOA here in India we do have something akin to it in the apartments that people live in. And they are no less. You cannot to be timid and meek before them but have to roar like you do in this letter. Then they leave you for good and look out for others whom they can collar.

Certainly with this letter the HOA hopefully will back away from harassing you


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

ChristyWrites ~ Docmo ~ Rajan Jolly ~ Moonlake ~ Jeff Gamble ...

Thank you for sharing your stories! I appreciate hearing from you and I'm a bit surprised that most of you don't live in the USA and are from other countries. This is truly a worldwide epidemic! Thanks again. Maybe they will read this and see themselves in our words and possible change their attitudes. Wishful thinking?


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Interesting letter....I can not believe you left the tricycle on the porch....I think I can still see it on the porch when I look at the photo you attached. I thankfully do not have to deal with a HOA but my mom does and I am her groundskeeper so I have become very aware of the rules in her neighborhood. As for I am surrounded my senior citizens and yard work is there job....so I have to keep up with them....speaking of which....it is time to cut the grass. Voted up and very funny and right on point.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

No way Cogerson! I'm certain I hid that tricycle really well :)

Be careful doing yardwork at your mom's...the HOA is watching you! Thanks for your comment:)


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b. Malin 4 years ago

First off, I have to say, Sunshine, your Home is Lovely, Everything looks so Neat and Pretty. So, what's with this crazy HOA?

We too have an HOA in Florida, although it's a Condo, so not sure if they get "Crazy" too. Hopefully NOT! Good Hub, Girlfriend!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I think the HOA is up there with the IRS and Postal Service in terms of annoying entities that barely serve a purpose. Ok, so maybe the IRS still serves a purpose but the HOA and the Postal Service are wearing thin on everyone. I've never lived in an HOA neighborhood but what I've heard is enough to make me never consider it. Yes, owning a home is a wonderful honor and responsibility but they seem to fail to realize people work 8 hours a day and only have 48 free hours on the weekend to get stuff done. That and the fact they still have not managed to find the real neighborhood problems such as the crazies who make meth and have crime rings. But such is life. Great hub!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Barbara, I appreciate your compliment and support. I knew you would understand.

Excellent points Alecia! I'm a fan of the Postal Service so they aren't on my list to receive a letter!

Thank you both for sharing your thoughts.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Linda,

You have a lovely abode.

Anal - See Homeowners Association

Your letter is great. Hopefully, it will put an end to their harassment over such petty things.

Voted up across the board.

Have a good weekend. :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Linda, I had never heard of it over here, I was just wondering what the benefits were of belonging to this association? it sounds like you have to pay to be harrassed! lol! loved your photo of your house, it looks gorgeous!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Sue! Thank you and I agree! So far I haven't heard back yet, but hopefully soon. I appreciate your support!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Nell, The benefits are your neighborhood looks nice because they harass the neighborhood. They serve a purpose when they don't abuse their power. Thank you!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

I've lived in several covenant controlled communities over the years. Some are more anal than others to the point of being overbearing. For the most part, I feel I've been relatively lucky compared to your experiences! An HOA would probably not sway my decision to live in a particular community, but I might interview some of the neighbors before making the decision to live there. :) I thoroughly enjoyed your letter!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

The letter that you addressed to the HOA was awesome! You made valid points. That is ridiculous that they would harass you about your grandaughter's tricycle. I agree with you. talk about having no life! Well, let me tell you. I would have probably done the same thing too. Voted up and best of luck


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

I would have written a letter to them I meant not harass you. lol.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Well done Linda, nice to see you on tv, and you put that point across perfectly, can't wait for the hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Sorry I meant to say bumble bee in my comment.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

YOU GO LINDA! I would be ballistic...oh wait, I have been ballistic in the only HOA area that I lived in. I have no stomach for pettiness like this and I love your response. My respect for you just raised considerably and it was already high!

Great job my friend!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I had an HOA fee for 7 years. I did not have to tend to a lawn or anything. I understand your grievences though. I like your letter very much. However, if you send it to them, focus and only complain about what is in their letters and warnings. You did a nice job expressing yourself to us :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hello, lindacee ~ lovedoctor926 ~ Nell Rose ~ BillyBuc ~ iamaudraleigh ~ moonlake! Thank you all for your comments, experiences and support. I appreciate it. I am still working on my fine, which I still feel is wrong.


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carrie Lee Night 4 years ago from Northeast United States

Wow this article hit home!! We sold our home without knowing about the ten violations we had on the outside structure of our home, yes we broke some rules regarding the colors, but they were still earth toned, just not two toned. Then they complained about the roof(we did not have time to get approval it was leaking), the front door, the gargage door, the gutters and so on. Most of the violations filed against our home were dropped, except for one we had to pay a hefty sum for our not two tone trim on the siding in the front, money taken away from us after closing. They did their job, but very poorly. You are right, they never greeted anyone, I'm sure the community would support them a lot more if they got to know the people and pick their battles wisely. Thank you for this article, at least I know we were not the only ones who wrote their HOA and were frustrated.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Linda,

Being a renter...we don't have HOA rules...leastwise none that we need to adhere to (I don't think) BUT...we did have a neighbor who took it upon himself as the self-appointed HOA of the neighborhood. The weapon in his quiver was calling the city at the slightest affront to his sensibilities.

He never stopped by to voice his (many) complaints but he was more than willing to make a call to the City of Reno to do so. We hated him...we still do although we no longer live in that area.

There wasn't much we could do but I did write a story about him that wasn't particularly flattering and then I mailed him a copy. That made me feel better.

Thomas


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Carrie! Way to go with righting your wrong. Your voice was heard.

Thank you for sharing your story for others to learn from your experience.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Good for you Thomas!!! Fight the good fight!!! :)


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CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

I am so glad you post this on HH again, because I missed it before. We get a letter every month. Something, different of course that we have neglected without knowing we neglected it.?.?

This month we got a letter that says we need to trim the bush on the right hand side of the garage. We already trimmed our bushes. So we were going to trim it again, and then we thought, wait a minute what is the right hand side of the garage? Is it when you are looking at the house, or when you are coming out of the house. We have a bush on either side.

UGH. They can be annoying. Once we had to replace a whole tree. Because we are cheap, we decided to do it ourselves. We dig a whole as big as my daughter. The tree was so heavy, we just about rolled it in. We will never plant a big tree like that again by ourselves. Now the thing is growing crooked, probably get a letter about that too.

I loved your letter though.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Oh no Carly! They got you too! Those dreaded letters. I haven't received one in a couple of months. My neighbors house, which is a rental is getting new sod since their lawn is flush to ours and their weeds were infesting my yard. Just goes to show you there are two sides to every story. Good luck with your "letters."


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Good for you Linda, sounds like they are trying to justify their positions and make it look as thought they are doing something useful to earn their fees. Sounds dreadful.

Don't have anything like this in NZ, I don't think I could live in a place like that. You can drive down a road of 700 houses here and not find 2 the same, big ones, little ones, different designs. individuality.

Love your letter


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Good thinking Rosemay. Justifying is exactly what they are attempting to do. I've lived in areas with an HOA for 25 years and they do serve a useful purpose even though they have a tendency to be crooks and devious. Thanks for your comment.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Are you kidding me... a tricycle on the porch or a few weeds in the flower bed? That is crazy! I can't believe how nosey those people are. I would go to the thrift store and buy 20 tricycles and put them all over the place! Jerks! Voted up!


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twinstimes2 4 years ago from Ohio

Funny. We are moving from a neighbor with a HOA to one that is not. I feel a burden lifted...ha! Fun read. Thanks.


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Shaddie 4 years ago from Washington state

The HOA here in my neighborhood got all up in arms because they thought someone was keeping domestic peacocks and they threatened to set up traps to destroy them. I told them 'lol, yeh okay go ahead and try.' The HOA quickly learned that peacocks are feral, nearly impossible to catch, and also animal control will not assist you in trying to wrangle them. What the heck is wrong with a few peacocks walking around in the woods anyway? They aren't exactly nuisance animals.


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HOAGuide 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

Great letter! Put a smile on my face. If only more people were willing to stand up to HOAs that are out of control, maybe things would change a little.


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I can sympathize with you on this one. Our HOA seems to have nothing better to do than change the parking rules every other day. We live in a townhome community where visitor parking is scarce and they are constantly patrolling for cars not parked in the designated spots. I'm not sure where exactly they would like our visitors to park but it is very frustrating!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

We had instances like that before when my family had a house fire and we lived in a rental house for a year. Someone would walk around and call in anyone who didn't have their trash cans on the side of the house because of "front presentation neglection" or something like that. So happy to be out of that neighborhood...great letter, Linda! I really don't get how they could earn a salary just to send you a letter saying your flowerbed is so many inches too high. Sorry for your burdens!


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

I've never had to deal with an HOA but a relative has...and I need him to read this! Yea for YOU!


AudraLeigh 4 years ago

Ok, I like and don't like HOA. When I had a condo I did not have to worry about doing anything outside because of them. It was super awesome! And my HOA was like $150/month...super cheap! However, god for bid you have bees! They would never come and get rid of them until things got out of control and bees were everywhere! I like this hub very much. It reminded me of the home I owned once. I will own one again for sure! Voted up!


Mr.Richard Phillips 3 years ago

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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

I worked in the title insurance business for many years and some of the restrictions placed on condo and planned developments are usually voluminous and difficult to read. Yet, when we buy into one of those communities, we agree to abide to every one on the covenants and restrictions, however niggling they might be. I can understand your annoyance, but the people who run the HOA are charged with enforcing all the rules.

This is a well written hub and I can sympathize.


Terry 3 years ago

after living in my home for the past 10 year, I get a letter through a law office from my HOA. Apparently my garbage can is in violation of the covenants. Seriously, 10 years the garbage has been stored behind the same area on the side of my garage. Why didn't they inform me years ago? This is the second time I have been harassed by them. The first was from the placement of our basketball hoop-which we had up for about 5 years with no complaint. I was upset, but moved it to the back. Now this. Any advice would be appreciated.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Terry, If you are just receiving the complaint now, after 10 years, chances are there are a new set of eyes on your home. Other eyes might have not had an issue with your trash can. This one does. I'd just move it to another spot for a couple of months :)


Sharr4022 3 years ago from Winter Haven, FL

Hi Sunshine, I'm living in a HOA community for almost 4 yrs. I have no problem with them except they are not doing much to enforced the rules here. I have residents here are not cutting grass when they should, like for 2 weeks at a time. Cars are parked on lawns when there is a street. Trash put out to soon or to late, will sit there for few days. Small business trailers are parked on driveway which they are not supposed to be here at all. We have a lot of renters too that don't seem t care. Our community having more houses being built here, 5 or 6 this year. Seems like they (HOA) don't come around to inspect to often or come at a wrong times of the day. Also another problem is dogs. Seems like everyone having dogs! Barking ad barking, especially next door. They have 2 big dogs. They constantly barking for every little sound. The other night, I was awoken around 10:30pm. They would not stop. After an hour, I called the sheriff dept. to have someone to tell them. Sheriff did show up but they did not open the door or they could be not home. This is crazy having them out late at night. I'm getting ready to write an email to the HOA. What is your advice? I'm a first time home buyer. Thanks!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Shar, I suggest you discuss the issue with your HOA. Hopefully they are open minded and not control freaks and will be able to assist you. Good luck!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

HOA's are a double-edged sword. And the old adage is true, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." People are human, but they let positions of power go to their heads. They become Nazi-like and dictators and pick on every little thing they can. It is quite a statement on human nature and they only show how little and petty they are. Of course they won't get out of the car and talk to you. That means they would have to be reasonable, mature adults, which most aren't. They are bullies and we have elected them to power. I think they should be done away with.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Great letter! I grew up in a huge area of condos and there was a condo association. They were always bugging my mom about her flowers. She got a variance approved and was able to plant 3 lilac bushes which grew for many many years and were beautiful, providing vase after vase of lovely lilacs. One day she came home and they had been chopped to the ground. She was furious, heartbroken and disgusted. Boy did they hear from her and then they sent a crappy little apology blaming it on the landscapers. It was then that I vowed never to live where there was a condo or homeowners' association. She has still never gotten over that. I understand that there need to be some "rules" that need to be followed, but some people just take it too far!


Billy Bob 2 years ago

Wish my HOA was so cheap, try 350/month and not live in a prestigious neighborhood.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

HEY!!! YOU there!! Florida Home Owner's Association!! Yeah You! Close the effin meeting! It's time for Linda's Birthday Party!!!


Sharr4022 2 years ago from Winter Haven, FL

Hi Sunshine!

Just to let you know I did writing and emailing to HOA, but didn't make any difference. The trailer is still here and now another resident has a trailer in his driveway. The lawns are still the same, they mow it when they feel like. And cars, to many cars!! There are few households have 3 to 5 cars to each household. And they are parking on lawns! Even worst when they have company coming over! This community is 8 years here. I did sent pictures and video of what HOA not seeing. He only comes once a month for inspection of the community. Everyone is here is working so you don't see much cars during the day. Am I the only person in this community complaining?! HOA says they will mail reminder letter to each of the household about the Rules and Regulations, but that was 5 months ago. Still waiting for that letter! So what is the next step I need to take? Who do I complain to about this HOA that's not really doing their job? The head of the Board of Direct member? Where do I find this out?

Thank You.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Shar, It's so unfortunate that you don't have your HOA backing you up and trying to better the community along with you. Some HOA's just collect the dues, kick back and do nothing. They are the bad apples. Hopefully your HOA rises above the bad apples and produces those letters ASAP. I wish you luck...

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