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Nuclear Monk: New HOAs will undoubtedly have the fines in their original documents.
j0e_average: In this environment, I'd be concerned that some Oxford-cloth resident/psycho might just snap, and then stalk from condo to condo with an Armalite AR-10 carbine gas-powered semi-automatic weapon, pumping round after round into HOA board members. This might be someone you've known for years. Someone very, very close to you.
K3rmy: Looks like the tenants never got any results in their struggles. Fairfax County had purchased some condos for low income housing. The Condo associate tried to rack up fines (which I think was more to get rid of the low-income people than to make money) and Fairfax County laid down the biatch smack.
dready zim: /freedom smells like the lack of TSA in an airport...
ChubbyTiger: How had this guy survived? I can only picture hundreds of knifed tires, epoxy in door locks, rat heads nailed to the front door, etc. I'd call him a douche, but I doubt he's been that close to a vagina in decades.
SpacemanSpoof: I'm a little mixed on this. Taking the teeth out of a contract essentially nullifies it, which means this ruling could very well be the death of HOAs. Yeah, it's fun to bash the ridiculous, over-the-top HOA antics, but I'd wager those are more the exception than the rule. There are benefits to having an HOA, like like landscaping and maintenance of common areas, building pools, tennis courts, and playgrounds, and hosting neighborhood events and parties. I used to live in a neighborhood where HOA dues were optional, and the association couldn't afford to do much besides cut the grass at the neighborhood entrance. Plus, there were a lot of run-down houses, overgrown lawns, and the like which generally made the neighborhood kind of depressing.The place I live now has a much more active HOA, and it's a much more pleasant place to live. I've gone to some of the meetings, I've seen the budget, and I can't really complain about how they're spending my money. Sure, some of the rules seem onerous, but they are somewhat flexible, and minor offenses are often overlooked.Best advice? Before buying a house, ask for a copy of the covenant. If you don't like it, don't buy the house.
SpacemanSpoof: Best advice? Before buying a house, ask for a copy of the covenant. If you don't like it, don't buy the house.