If you’re a part of a Homeowner’s Association, you know that the rules can get pretty harsh. There are rules about grass maintenance, outdoor decorations, parking, and much more. But these are mild compared to the few extreme rules here that are so restricting, you’ll be missing your landlord.
An HOA in California scolded a man for planting too many roses. His garden went above the prescribed limit of buds and even went to court over the matter. Unfortunately, he lost the case and his home after he couldn’t afford the hefty legal fines.
A man whose home was destroyed by a plane crash, that killed his wife and son, decided to rebuild but the exterior of the home, mainly the shingles, were different from the surrounding homes. He also didn’t position his home properly, causing plenty of stir within the HOA and ended up surrendering to the demands.
One elderly gentleman was hit with an increased mortgage rate and subsequently couldn’t afford lawncare, causing grass that wasn’t up to code. The yard wasn’t uniformly green which resulted in a jail trip for the old man. His friendly neighbors resodded his yard and bailed him out but he was left with some large fines.
A couple living in a retirement community offered shelter for their granddaughter who recently was separated from her mother. Because the six-year-old wasn’t technically retired or “over 55,” the HOA tried to force her out. The grandparents tired to sell their house and move but no one bought, leaving the only solution for the Association a lawsuit.
Even those looking to get out of the community aren’t immune. One lady put up a “for sale” sign in her yard and was cited for violating a no sign, banner, or billboard rule. She ended up having to display the sign in her window, where it just wasn’t as visible or effective.
We’re just thankful these odd Homeowner’s Association rules don’t have anything to do with fences! You should check with your HOA if you’re not sure about the rules before putting up one of our great vinyl fences. Call us for more information about your new fence.