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(Washington Post)   Man compared to Saddam Hussein. Is he (A) a terrorist, (B) a brutal dictator or (C) a homeowner who violated an HOA rule about window pane dividers?   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 111
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2013-02-10 10:34:38 AM
There are no better examples of wanna-be Saddam Husseins than some of the busybodies that run HOAs.
 
2013-02-10 10:47:55 AM
If you live in an HOA-controlled 'hood, you get what you deserve.
 
2013-02-10 10:59:14 AM
Don't be the neighborhood where I grew up don't be the neighborhood where I grew up don't be the neighborhood where I grew up.  *clicks* WHOOOHOOOO!!!! SOMEBODY ELSE HAS A MENTAL HOA, TOO!!!
 
2013-02-10 11:00:06 AM
Republican
 
2013-02-10 11:04:52 AM
So everyone gets hurt because douchy hoa memebers get called out on bullshiat and would rather bankrupt everyone than back down
 
2013-02-10 11:11:28 AM
So the HOA dickwads overstepped their authority, got slapped by a judge. Then met in secret to vote against a deck and roof for the couple they didn't like?

Now it is the homeowner's fault?
 
2013-02-10 11:13:38 AM
If the HOA has gone bankrupt doesn't that mean all the residents are now free of the HOA? If they want to start a new one they are free to choose to join of course, but anyone who doesn't want to can stay out.

If I was a resident I'd say I will voluntarily pay dues for maintaining common areas etc but won't be subject to their rules and give up my right to vote. If that is not acceptable then I won't pay anything. I'm offering to pay and not trying to freeload. Take it or leave it.
 
2013-02-10 11:16:55 AM
HOA boards are going to be the model for Obama's death panels
 
2013-02-10 11:17:05 AM
ohlookitsthisthreadagain.jpg
 
2013-02-10 11:17:34 AM
Frankly, this needs to happen to more HOAs.
 
2013-02-10 11:20:22 AM
window pane dividers


There's a word for those. "Muntins".
 
2013-02-10 11:20:51 AM
Every single person in this story sucks. The HOA that threatened to hang people for not having window dividers, the couple who bankrupted th HOA, the lawyers, the old lady who claimed to be having health issues because of the Obama sign.....everyone.
 
2013-02-10 11:28:51 AM

what_now: Every single person in this story sucks. The HOA that threatened to hang people for not having window dividers, the couple who bankrupted th HOA, the lawyers, the old lady who claimed to be having health issues because of the Obama sign.....everyone.


I don't fault the homeowners.  The HOA went insane and overstepped its bounds.  I'm sure if the HOA hadn't sent a threatening letter and just friggin' asked the Farrans to get a smaller sign or simply point out that their sign broke the rules, it wouldn't have escalated.  Then the HOA got personal by rejecting the Farrans' request for a new roof and deck--and holding a special, secret meeting to do it.
 
2013-02-10 11:29:24 AM

Flint Ironstag: If the HOA has gone bankrupt doesn't that mean all the residents are now free of the HOA? If they want to start a new one they are free to choose to join of course, but anyone who doesn't want to can stay out.

If I was a resident I'd say I will voluntarily pay dues for maintaining common areas etc but won't be subject to their rules and give up my right to vote. If that is not acceptable then I won't pay anything. I'm offering to pay and not trying to freeload. Take it or leave it.


my guess is that the bankruptcy is to discharge debt only. not to actually dissolve the HOA.
That being said, why do people continue to buy into these shiat-holes?
To protect their property values? How's that working out for you?
 
2013-02-10 11:33:55 AM

what_now: Every single person in this story sucks. The HOA that threatened to hang people for not having window dividers, the couple who bankrupted th HOA, the lawyers, the old lady who claimed to be having health issues because of the Obama sign.....everyone.


nope
the HOA chose to go down the vindictive batshiat crazy path, rather than not making a big deal out of 4 inches.
Must have really sucked, them people having an Obama sign.

This is what happens when people try to micro manage things.
 
2013-02-10 11:42:05 AM

namatad: what_now: Every single person in this story sucks. The HOA that threatened to hang people for not having window dividers, the couple who bankrupted th HOA, the lawyers, the old lady who claimed to be having health issues because of the Obama sign.....everyone.

nope
the HOA chose to go down the vindictive batshiat crazy path, rather than not making a big deal out of 4 inches.
Must have really sucked, them people having an Obama sign.

This is what happens when people try to micro manage things.


Beware of people with a small amount of authority, they will exercise any opportunity to use it.
 
2013-02-10 11:54:44 AM

namatad: Flint Ironstag: If the HOA has gone bankrupt doesn't that mean all the residents are now free of the HOA? If they want to start a new one they are free to choose to join of course, but anyone who doesn't want to can stay out.

If I was a resident I'd say I will voluntarily pay dues for maintaining common areas etc but won't be subject to their rules and give up my right to vote. If that is not acceptable then I won't pay anything. I'm offering to pay and not trying to freeload. Take it or leave it.

my guess is that the bankruptcy is to discharge debt only. not to actually dissolve the HOA.
That being said, why do people continue to buy into these shiat-holes?
To protect their property values? How's that working out for you?


Maybe this couple could do a deal to buy the HOA? That would be funny.
 
2013-02-10 12:08:53 PM
This could/should be epic.  Combine the usual 'HOAs suck' (they do generally from what I can tell) crowd with the it being a Sunday without a lot of sports on the tube & much of the upper east coast snowed in & bored and this thread has the potential to go supernova (personally I would rather have had a 'does this bra make my boobs stick out too much?' thread but you take entertainment where you find it...).

Who's making the popcorn?
 
2013-02-10 12:12:03 PM

namatad: To protect their property values? How's that working out for you?


in Fairfax County, VA?  Stunningly well.  Property values there barely took a hit in 2008-9, and they're up since then.  That county (and the other ones surrounding DC) never really felt the recession that much, b/c of countercyclical government spending.
 
2013-02-10 12:15:57 PM
Excuse me, I need to go make popcorn.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-10 12:18:08 PM
an Obama for President sign... Sam and Maria Farran, a wine broker and a government lawyer

I'm tempted to cheer for the HOA, except that this part was amusing:

Their response: cutting the placard in half. They planted "OBA" and "MA" signs in their front yard.
 
2013-02-10 12:25:49 PM

what_now: Every single person in this story sucks. The HOA that threatened to hang people for not having window dividers, the couple who bankrupted th HOA, the lawyers, the old lady who claimed to be having health issues because of the Obama sign.....everyone.


My thoughts exactly. The very idea of HOAs setting rules like that is ridiculous to me, but there's really no good anywhere in this story.
 
2013-02-10 12:32:39 PM

muck4doo: Republican


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2013-02-10 12:33:14 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: HOA boards are going to be the model for Obama's death panels


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2013-02-10 12:49:51 PM
As a former Vice President and President of an HOA, let me say that a lot of problems come from the HOA management company that pushes for fines and other crap so they can rake in more money. Fortunately, the people I served on the board with were just normal people who had no desire to lord over their domain. The management company, on the other hand, can kiss my ass. I am so glad to be living in a neighborhood without an HOA, now. I will never willingly live under an HOA again.
 
2013-02-10 12:51:23 PM
Hey! Your crappy neighborhood is built on a landfill!
 
2013-02-10 12:51:52 PM
The Farrans were angry. They acknowledged that the sign broke the rules but said it seemed like an assault on free speech to go after a minor violation during the height of an election. Their response: cutting the placard in half. They planted "OBA" and "MA" signs in their front yard.

The prank did not amuse board members. And they decided to act.


So, they violated the HOA rules, then corrected it, but the board decided to "act" anyway.

Because butthurt?
 
2013-02-10 12:52:16 PM
 
2013-02-10 01:00:47 PM
If you don't like it you can leave?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-10 01:06:05 PM
If you don't like it you can leave?

No, because the HOA puts a lien on your house.
 
2013-02-10 01:13:21 PM
HOA's are what happens when people treat their house as a temporary investment.
 
2013-02-10 01:16:31 PM

PacManDreaming: As a former Vice President and President of an HOA, let me say that a lot of problems come from the HOA management company that pushes for fines and other crap so they can rake in more money. Fortunately, the people I served on the board with were just normal people who had no desire to lord over their domain. The management company, on the other hand, can kiss my ass. I am so glad to be living in a neighborhood without an HOA, now. I will never willingly live under an HOA again.


Does the HOA management company set the rules, or does the HOA board?
 
2013-02-10 01:40:45 PM

BunkyBrewman: Does the HOA management company set the rules, or does the HOA board?


In new neighborhoods, the management company typically comes in with a template set of rules that they enforce.  Once the majority of homes in the neighborhood are purchased and occupied, the management company will allow elections for a board.  The board then works to update the rules as needed, with the management company enforcing the rules.

So issues with an HOA can come either from the board or the management company.  I've lived in neighborhoods were the management companies were very lax, sometimes to the ire of the busybodies on the board.  Other times, you had a lax board with a management company eager to fine the crap out of everyone.

My current HOA is incredibly lax.  I have an older car with expired tabs in the driveway and they don't care.  A dude down the street still has Christmas lights on the front of their house and they don't care.  They'll send a nastygram if the weeds in your front yard get too high or if you put your car up on blocks in the driveway.  Mostly, they just focus on maintenance of the common green-spaces.
 
2013-02-10 01:51:13 PM

IronTom: muck4doo: Republican

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IronTom: MaudlinMutantMollusk: HOA boards are going to be the model for Obama's death panels

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Ignored.

I keed
 
2013-02-10 03:09:07 PM
Rich people problems.
 
2013-02-10 03:09:34 PM

"On the other side, board members said that the Farrans were unreasonable and that they declined numerous offers to begin settlement discussions. And as the case ground on, the HOA increased dues from $650 a year to about $3,500, mostly to cover legal fees."


Thanks Obama!

 
2013-02-10 03:09:53 PM
 
2013-02-10 03:12:37 PM
The tears of HOA board members are the sweetest.
 
2013-02-10 03:12:57 PM
I don't see what all the fuss is about. Put a moustache on him and he does look a little Saddamy.

Come on. You can't see it?
 
2013-02-10 03:19:31 PM
I have no pity for people who knowingly buy into these HOA hellholes, but when they cut their sign in half, I lolled.
 
2013-02-10 03:26:08 PM
This HOA got exactly what it deserved.
 
2013-02-10 03:26:09 PM
www.makingadreamhome.com

/why were they surprised?
 
2013-02-10 03:31:13 PM
In one case, board member Don Hughes compared some residents' refusal to install window-pane dividers to the "cat and mouse game Saddam Hussein played with the USA," e-mails show. Ultimately, Hussein "paid the price," he said, concluding that the residents should comply.

So,
In their own analogy, the HOA is...the US when it decided to invade Iraq? Not exactly vindicating.
 
2013-02-10 03:32:19 PM
Ah, "owning" a home, eh?
 
2013-02-10 03:35:08 PM
100s of thousands of dollars in legal fees over a sign 4" too big? Pick your battles people. Any organization that wants to go this far at the expense of the people they represent deserves to go bankrupt and dissolved. Piss on HOAs. im glad i told my realtor to not show me any houses with one when we moved.
 
2013-02-10 03:36:06 PM
damn libtard neocon right wing chistian paedophile NRA obumma (a dozen TV & Radio talk show host names inserted here)! am i doing it rite?

/ Go Cows!
 
2013-02-10 03:38:19 PM
...No sympathy for the HOA.  They finally met somebody they couldn't steamroller, and instead of backing off and figuring out a mutual climb-down, they went full retard and got slapped for it. The people responsible for the legal fees should be the HOA members who kept voting to go on with this, not the members of the community.
 
2013-02-10 03:43:23 PM
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2013-02-10 03:44:12 PM
"Need I say more! This would lead to chaos," a neighbor fretted in an e-mail about the precedent that would be set if the sign wasn't removed. "Our property values would be put at risk."
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"In one case, board member Don Hughes compared some residents' refusal to install window-pane dividers to the "cat and mouse game Saddam Hussein played with the USA," e-mails show. Ultimately, Hussein "paid the price," he said, concluding that the residents should comply. "
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"The Farrans said HOA backers told them to move. They found bullets in their yard. Someone implored a priest at their church to prevail on the Farrans to stop the lawsuit. "
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"The board's former president, Jim LeBlanc, said the situation put a strain on some elderly residents living on fixed incomes. "Some had their health impacted," LeBlanc said. "There's a sense of, what is it going to take to resolve this? This was a tragic nightmare."
...
"A developer began negotiations to buy the plot but pulled out. The developer had received anonymous threats. "

Apparently nobody in this HOA has any sense of proportion whatsoever.
 
2013-02-10 03:50:38 PM

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: namatad: To protect their property values? How's that working out for you?

in Fairfax County, VA?  Stunningly well.  Property values there barely took a hit in 2008-9, and they're up since then.  That county (and the other ones surrounding DC) never really felt the recession that much, b/c of countercyclical government spending.


Yes, but you still live in NoVa. Dupe.
 
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