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.
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.nopethe 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.
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.
moothemagiccow: I found this while wondering wtf a window pane divider wasLarge 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 onI thought my first world problems were dumb. My window is BORING. WTF am I going to do?
machodonkeywrestler: 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.Which has Zero to do with the HOA.
arcas: Somehow, I imagine Mr. Hughes as a feeble little man with no real influence in the real world so he leaps at any opportunity to exercise it in this little HOA universe.
EvilEgg: 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?
Cyno01: 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?
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.
divx88: People in HOAs deserve each other. fark HOAs
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.
BunkyBrewman: Does the HOA management company set the rules, or does the HOA board?
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.
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