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'That authority is... telling him what to do on his own property': Homeowner plants sign to spite nosy local HOA

'That authority is... telling him what to do on his own property': Homeowner plants sign to spite nosy local HOA

For one South Carolina homeowner, HOA rules just weren't acceptable. His case is totally understandable: why would you want an association to meddle with your property? Why is it any of their business in the first place? HOAs, or Home Owner's Associations , are known to be meddlesome groups. They're usually run by local people who police the properties in their area heavily. They can issue fines for things like parking in one's own driveway, or having the wrong mailbox type, or painting one's h…
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'I got fined for having a Halloween pumpkin on my patio on November 1st': 20+ HOAs who had strict rules and steep fines

'I got fined for having a Halloween pumpkin on my patio on November 1st': 20+ HOAs who had super strict rules and steep fines

If you can help it, never move into a neighborhood that is home to an HOA. The name of an HOA, or Home Owner's Association, implies that it's a board that'll make sound decisions for the homeowners of an area. But in practice, that's so far from the truth. In reality, HOAs are run by a few people who make sweeping decisions for an entire area, and are often more focused on keeping control over people's homes and charging massive fines to line their own pockets. They're able to do things like ch…
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'He was entering that entire subdivision... as "Do Not Deliver"': HOA tips so badly on pizza order that manager calls them to complain

'He was entering that entire subdivision... as "Do Not Deliver"': HOA tips so badly on pizza order that manager calls them to complain

If you've ever wondered what you could do to make a pizza parlor blacklist you, check out this story. I know what you're thinking: what do you mean you can get blacklisted by a pizza place? Aren't they supposed to deliver to wherever you tell them to when you place your order? I was surprised to learn that they can and will ban people from ever ordering again. I thought that was something managers reserved for teenagers who prank call them with giant pizza orders sent to addresses that don't ex…
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'I move to impeach all of you': Determined parents battle HOA's 40-year-old rules to repair their roof

'I move to impeach all of you': Determined parents battle HOA's 40-year-old rules to repair their roof

This family decided to stand up for what they believed in… and what they believed in was their right to put a roof on their own home . When you're deciding where you want to live, there are plenty of factors. But one that people don't always take into consideration at first is how the weather will impact them. Now, if you're going to live somewhere like Florida, you'll have to keep that in mind right from the get-go. The weather can be warm and sunny plenty of the time. But it rains multiple ti…
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'Everybody is joining in, and it’s hilarious': Neighborhood joins together to combat traffic light issue

'Everybody is joining in, and it’s hilarious': Neighborhood joins together to combat traffic light issue

An entire neighborhood was stuck waiting in traffic , until a hero showed up. As if commutes weren't annoying enough, this person, u/sturtze, kept getting stuck in traffic every single day. That's bound to happen when everyone is trying to get to work by 8 or 9 in the morning. The roads clog up with cars, which can create bottlenecks and long waits. But this person had a uniquely bad scenario, as they shared in their malicious compliance story below. This is a great story of neighbors working t…
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'It was time to protest the overreaching HOA': Teacher hires lawyer to save his pecan tree

'It was time to protest the overreaching HOA': Teacher hires lawyer to save his pecan tree

When you find your dream home, you may have to put up with an HOA. Home Owners Associations are a “necessary and unavoidable evil” when buying a home, as the homeowner in this story knew all too well. It's all well and good to say, “Just avoid buying a home in an HOA area, how hard could it be?” Well, pretty difficult, actually. Depending on the town you want to live in, your U/JMP817 shared their favorite malicious compliance story ever, which happened to be enacted by their high school teache…
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Update: 'While I could have argued... I had a better plan': Neighbor warns college kid that if her lawn isn't mowed, she'll report them to HOA

Update: 'While I could have argued... I had a better plan': Neighbor warns college kid that if her lawn isn't mowed, she'll report them to HOA

Common sense isn't gifted to every person. Sometimes things will seem so crystal clear to you, and so obvious, that you can't understand how anyone could mess it up. But without common sense, people do dumb things. This woman in particular had a bone to pick with her neighbor, and I bet you can guess why her neighbor was refusing to mow her lawn for her. While some people really dislike mowing the lawn , others find it cathartic. If you can listen to music or a podcast over the crazy loud sound…
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'They fined me for leaving my garage door open': 25 Overeager HOAs who love peeking over fences and slinging fines at their residents

'They fined me for leaving my garage door open': 25 Overeager HOAs who love peeking over fences and slinging fines at their residents

HOAs are determined to keep their neighborhoods looking pristine , no matter what. If you happen to live a neighborhood rules by a home owner's association, you don't always have a lot of choice about how to keep your home. For example, you might want to paint your home a nice warm yellow color, but lots of HOAs have a strict color palette you need to choose from. So the HOA could easily reject your request , and insist you paint your place a boring gray color instead.
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'My HOA will learn that I absolutely live by the letter of the law': HOA tells car collector not to park cars in their own driveway, car collector slows traffic with parking solution

'My HOA will learn that I absolutely live by the letter of the law': HOA tells car collector not to park cars in their own driveway, car collector snarls traffic with parking solution

One HOA keeps changing the neighborhood rules , and one car collector keeps being affected by the changes. It's almost as if the HOA dislikes having a car collector living in their jurisdiction! Car collectors sure do get into their hobby. Lots of people enjoy buying cars that are fixer-uppers, then spending weekend after weekend putzing around and working on it. It's a fun group activity too---if your friends come over, they can pop the hood and stand around and look at the car with you. Then,…
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'I’ll notify you every time': Man calls HOA members each time he puts out trash cans after they fine him for putting out the garbage

'I’ll notify you every time': Man calls HOA members each time he puts out trash cans after they fine him for putting out the garbage

This person is determined not to let their HOA stop them. As u/Endoman13 puts it, “I've never met anyone that said, ‘Oh good, an HOA.’” Home Owner's Associations are meant to keep neighborhoods clean and orderly… in theory. But in practice, these often end up as a cliquey group of busybodies who spend their time trying to fine their neighbors as many times as possible.
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HOA Karen gets entire neighborhood banned from pizza place by giving terrible tip

Usually, bad tippers get off scot-free and—well, completely free. But this HOA Karen managed to get her entire neighborhood banned from a pizza place simply because of the sheer atrocity that was her tip. This brilliant story was shared to Reddit's aptly named r/r/f**kHOA subreddit, a community where stories are shared with a theme that you can probably surmise. Occasionally stories from this subreddit will trend onto Reddit's r/all front page, as this one did when it was originally posted. The…
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Update: Landowner returns after 3 years to tell the story of how they defeated a backstabbing HOA and land developer

What are you to do when you purchase something only to have the terms of sale retroactively changed by a governing association? Oh, and that governing association is controlled by the organization that sold you the thing in the first place. Well, lawyer up and hit them with a strongly worded email letting them know just angry you are. After a three-year hiatus, this landowner returned to share the grippingly realistic tale of how they managed to defeat a land developer and HOA who had changed t…
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