Mugato: Read your fascist HOA contract before you signDo not move into neighborhoods that have an HOA.
xxmedium: DarthBart: t3knomanser: This is why I don't have a yard. Well, not really. I don't have a yard because I have absolutely no interest in having a yard. But it sounds good, doesn't it? I have a nice little fenced in patio, paved with brick. I sweep it a few times a year.SurelyShirley: Finally had enough of all the nonsense of city life/up until a year or two ago, you couldn't park a pickup truck in your driveway in Cape Coral//brand new or broken down beater, didn't matterYou've got to be kidding. Most trucks cost more than new cars do. I could see them making a case for maybe on-street parking but you are going to tell someone essentially what type of vehicle they can park in their own driveway? If accurate, I'm surprised that scenario hasn't seen the inside of a courtroom yet.
rugman11: It's probably the difference between a 1970s era HOA and a newer HOA.
t3knomanser: This is why I don't have a yard. Well, not really. I don't have a yard because I have absolutely no interest in having a yard. But it sounds good, doesn't it? I have a nice little fenced in patio, paved with brick. I sweep it a few times a year.SurelyShirley: Finally had enough of all the nonsense of city lifeMaybe it's the east coast, but I have never seen a HOA within city borders. You generally don't get a HOA until you're out in the burbs. I saw a few city-ish HOAs when I visited Denver, but none in anything I'd call a "city" neighborhood. As a general rule, if you need a car to get groceries, you probably don't live in a city (or you live too deep into the city such that you're in a 'food desert').
SurelyShirley: I've lived in too many crowded and over regulated places where a flower pot in the wrong place or ivy that grew 6" over the fence would get you a stern wag of the finger from your friendly HOA brown shirt in no time.Finally had enough of all the nonsense of city life and retreated deep into the woods. No complaints about too many howling dogs, a boat trailer parked in the driveway, a basketball hoop or the handful of picknick tables around the fire pit./Land of the free
oohpah: Two blocks from me a guy planted flowers in an ugly toilet in his front yard. Came here to see toilets on the list. Didn't see squat.
Wizard Drongo: What I don't understand (being in Scotland) about these HOA's is how they actually enforce their batshiattery..I know when you buy your house from the last victim, in the sale contract with the Owner, you have to sign the HOA contract...hence they can get you.But what would happen if the person selling the house to you, declines to make that a condition;At that point your contract of sale is purely with the Owner (who DOES have a contract with the HOA), but if you don't ink anything with the HOA, because the current Owner decides "fark em", aside from suing the old Owner once the sale has commenced, in what way can the HOA do shiat against you? You own the house; your contract with the previous owner, having no stupid clause about an HOA, is complete upon transfer of agreed funds etc. so how could the HOA, now a third-party to your contract with the Owner, come in and tell you to move shiat, change that, don't do this?Any legal eagles in the US clear my ignorance up for me?
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Wizard Drongo: Any legal eagles in the US clear my ignorance up for me?
Galileo's Daughter: There are a few communities here in northeast Georgia that have signs stating they are "covenant restricted" communities. As I understand it, that's an HOA taken to new levels of idiocy.
AdrienVeidt: Lawlz, here in TX, I need my car to get my goddamn mail. And yes, I live in the city. Cities in the NE we're laid out before the car, and that's about the only place in America where what you describe is normal, man.
grimlock1972: I hate HOAS, but if your going to join one make sure you check what you want to do to your yard is permitted and it it seems borderline get it okayed first. Same goes for city or county ordinances.also No couches in yards or on porches period.
Ambivalence: Makes me glad my neighborhood is unincorporated. I could have farking goats and chickens in my yard if I wanted.
A Shambling Mound: I keep my tacky lawn art in the back yard where it amuses me and bothers no one but badly decorated yards are sort of a local art form. One of my area's less subtle displays:[i.imgur.com image 514x385]
SurelyShirley: Not only because of the distance, but how else would you carry your stuff home?
SurelyShirley: Finally had enough of all the nonsense of city life
Nuclear Monk: Yes, HOAs are insane. However, this particular article deals primarily with municipal regulations...not HOAs. City government can occasionally be insane too.
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