Home Owners Associations- Forcing Conformity

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

I am moving into a rental property in an area that has a Home Owners Association. (ugh, I have always been wary of these but the rental market here is limited) The rental agreement says that any fines for violations of the Home Owners Association rules have to be paid by the tenant so I started looking them over.

Now as a renter and not an owner I have no voting rights in the association but even if I was an owner it is likely that the wealthiest in the neighborhood really make the rules as others are likely to do what they say.

No parking on the grass ever no matter what or they will tow your car. That appears to include a threat that they will tow vehicles off of your yard, not just common areas. It seems insane to assert the right to tow vehicles off someone’s property without their consent but they do.

No motorhomes, travel trailers, etc. Evidently if you can’t afford to rent an additional place to store it they think you shouldn’t be allowed to own it.

No signs without approval except one small for sale sign. So if you wanted to put up a political yard sign during election season you would need permission. From people who may disagree with your politics and discriminate against you because of it.

No hanging clothes on a line. Even in your backyard. Don’t want to waste electricity on the clothes drier? Tough luck.

No poultry/livestock. The city says you can have chickens in city limits. They say no. They say the city laws regarding animals aren’t good enough and they have to make their own.

You can’t build a fence on your own property without submitting it to a committee for approval.

Want to paint your home? Better hope they like the color.

Essentially it is conform or else.

The “Land of the Free” is a land of thousands of these such associations meant to discourage individuality and force conformity.

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