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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 20
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2013-02-10 12:51:23 PM  
3 votes:
Hey! Your crappy neighborhood is built on a landfill!
2013-02-10 10:59:14 AM  
2 votes:
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 11:10:08 PM  
1 votes:
".....and bankrupt the HOA."

Best four words in the article.
2013-02-10 09:11:06 PM  
1 votes:

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: BSABSVR: Flint Ironstag: Why try to make every single house look the same as every other house?

There's no keeping up with the Joneses wheneverybody is mandated to have the same shiat.

moothemagiccow: I found this while wondering wtf a window pane divider was

Large picture windows allow you to look outside without hindering your view. However, some people find them plain and boring. Window panes can add interest to your windows, but replacing them completely is not always practical, especially if you rent a home or apartment. The perfect solution is faux window panes made with invisible double-sided tape. Your windows will appear to be paned, but the trim will peel up fairly easily when you are ready to move on

I thought my first world problems were dumb. My window is BORING. WTF am I going to do?

If you let people have slightly less aesthetic windows, you may as well have swingers parties in the common area.  Same thing really

And how can I set into THAT neighborhood?!


Ahhh, you like monopained windows do you?
2013-02-10 08:21:19 PM  
1 votes:

moothemagiccow: I found this while wondering wtf a window pane divider was

Large picture windows allow you to look outside without hindering your view. However, some people find them plain and boring. Window panes can add interest to your windows, but replacing them completely is not always practical, especially if you rent a home or apartment. The perfect solution is faux window panes made with invisible double-sided tape. Your windows will appear to be paned, but the trim will peel up fairly easily when you are ready to move on

I thought my first world problems were dumb. My window is BORING. WTF am I going to do?


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2013-02-10 07:49:36 PM  
1 votes:

lippenhoffer: How did no one on the board decide that hundreds of thousands in legal fees were indicating this was getting out of hand?

Sometimes it pays to lose.


Losing required the board to pay the other guys legal fees too.
Things like losing confuses people like this.
Of course, this all started with an Obama sign in what was probably a McCain neighborhood.
2013-02-10 07:40:59 PM  
1 votes:

Flint Ironstag: Why try to make every single house look the same as every other house?


There's no keeping up with the Joneses wheneverybody is mandated to have the same shiat.

moothemagiccow: I found this while wondering wtf a window pane divider was

Large picture windows allow you to look outside without hindering your view. However, some people find them plain and boring. Window panes can add interest to your windows, but replacing them completely is not always practical, especially if you rent a home or apartment. The perfect solution is faux window panes made with invisible double-sided tape. Your windows will appear to be paned, but the trim will peel up fairly easily when you are ready to move on

I thought my first world problems were dumb. My window is BORING. WTF am I going to do?


If you let people have slightly less aesthetic windows, you may as well have swingers parties in the common area.  Same thing really
2013-02-10 05:38:07 PM  
1 votes:
s3.postimage.org
2013-02-10 05:25:10 PM  
1 votes:
I'm cheering the homeowners on this one.

HOA tries to go after homeowners for a temporary sign that's just a few inches too big.
Homeowners cut sign in half to follow rules, HOA still goes after them with a super secret meeting just to fark them over.
Homeowners try to de-escalate legal fight even while being harassed at own home.
HOA continues legal bullshiat and even raises fees and changes rules, before court finally slaps down the HOA.
HOA goes bankrupt because of legal fees.

imokaywiththis.jpg
2013-02-10 04:31:25 PM  
1 votes:
I am not a homeowner, i am fairly clueless on the subject, maybe someone can clue me in...

Unless youre trying to sell your home or planning to soon, why the fark do property values matter? Wouldnt lower property values (as if they could be achieved by a sign being 4" too high) lower your taxes?

If im house shopping  and find some place i like, could i slip the neighbors on either side $50 to not mow their lawns for a week and repaint their mailboxes the wrong color and get $20k off the asking price?
2013-02-10 04:27:35 PM  
1 votes:

Dinjiin: 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.


You're lucky then.

From the article:

It was four inches taller than the association's covenants allowed.  "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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Sounds like the anal retentive douchebags that ran the HOA my parents lived in for awhile. They actually sent my parents a strongly worded letter for *gasp* letting my nieces draw on the sidewalks with coloured chalk (something not mentioned in any of the covenants btw) because it could "ruin their property values and was vandalism derka derrrr". One lady on the board, she had to be 70 something, would go for a walk at about 5 or 6 every morning with a ruler measuring the height of everyone's lawn. I wish I was kidding.
2013-02-10 04:02:05 PM  
1 votes:
Poor HOA board members, how dare a home owner call there bluff and force them to pony up for the legal fees

//realy loved the Tid-bit on how this caused "Health Problems" for older members of the community because the board jack up the membership fees to cover there anti-Obama crusade
2013-02-10 03:55:46 PM  
1 votes:

BSABSVR: Apparently nobody in this HOA has any sense of proportion whatsoever.


Yahtzee.
2013-02-10 03:26:09 PM  
1 votes:
www.makingadreamhome.com

/why were they surprised?
2013-02-10 03:09:34 PM  
1 votes:

"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 12:33:14 PM  
1 votes:

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


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2013-02-10 12:18:08 PM  
1 votes:
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 11:54:44 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:16:55 AM  
1 votes:
HOA boards are going to be the model for Obama's death panels
2013-02-10 10:47:55 AM  
1 votes:
If you live in an HOA-controlled 'hood, you get what you deserve.
 
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