Homeowners Association (HOA) horror stories. We’ve all heard them, from mailbox color conflicts to HOA zealots measuring fence and shrub heights. The purpose of an HOA is to police a neighborhood and put in place rules and guidelines that keep the neighborhood clean, safe and welcoming. However, when you have a group of people in charge of making rules and another group required by law to follow them, you can expect that there might be some conflict.
Not convinced? Read this Reddit thread of HOA covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) nightmares, which at times seem arbitrary, illogical and excessive. Granted, those are the worst of the worst, but HOA fines are no laughing matter. With a little time (okay, a lot of time in some cases) you can effectively manage your HOA relationship. Why waste money on unnecessary fines when you can keep that money in your pocket with these 6 tips: