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'Our HOA got sued for having a homeowner remove their wheelchair ramp': Top HOA Stories of the Week (April 17, 2024)

'Our HOA got sued for having a homeowner remove their wheelchair ramp': Top HOA Stories of the Week (April 17, 2024)

Why would anyone want to be an HOA board member? That's just a one-way ticket to immediately becoming one of the most disliked people in the neighborhood. I'm convinced that some people in this world would rather be in the most unnecessary, fake position of power, even if it meant making all the enemies. We feel this even at a young age when classmates try to hog the playground and assume some sort of faux position of power. This also applies to the annoying teacher's pets in school and your hi…
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'You dug that hole yourself’: Contractor works on resident's property without permission, creating damage that costs $100,000

'You dug that hole yourself’: Contractor works on resident's property without permission, creating damage that costs $100,000

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So if one messes things up, one is probably going to have to face the consequences, that is simply how the world works, although there aren't many people who actually live by those rules. Many people in this Reddit story had to face the consequences of their actions, and not all of them did such a great job. First, there was the terrible neighbor who started the whole drama simply by being a terrible neighbor, but also because he ordered a contra…
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Entitled neighbors try to make women pay vet bill after their dog escapes and eats all her flowers: 'They want me to pay half since I "poisoned" their dog'

Who's right in the situation? This neighbor thinks that because their neighbor has poisonous flowers, it's her fault that their dog got sick. Before we go any further, just know that the doggo is okay. He just has a habit of digging under his owner's fence and escaping. His owners claim he's just exploring. However, the Original Poster (OP) has been weary from the start. She even tried to offer multiple solutions to her neighbors to prevent their dog from escaping, but they wouldn't get on boar…
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‘Not gonna happen’: Nosy resident attempts to stop neighbor from building a fence to keep them out of their business, leading to a property dispute

‘Not gonna happen’: Nosy resident attempts to stop neighbor from building a fence to keep them out of their business, leading to a property dispute

When you're a kid, and you are watching a Hallmark movie or just a show that displays the Perfect American Family, you end up assuming that your neighbors are going to become your best friends. In those movies, they always greet each other good morning, their kids end up becoming best friends (and then more often than not - end up getting married), and it always seems like having neighbors is the best experience ever. Is it actually like that in real life? Absolutely not. You are lucky if your…
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'The plants [were] completely chopped down': Guy loses 1/4 of his backyard after repeatedly cutting down neighbor's plants in middle of the night

'The plants [were] completely chopped down': Guy loses 1/4 of his backyard after repeatedly cutting down neighbor's plants in middle of the night

This neighbor keeps sneaking around at 2 AM to vandalize other people's properties. Maybe every neighborhood has a person like this: the one who pilfers from people's garages, or takes other neighbor's tools and won't return them, or, like this dude, disrespects people's property . It's one thing to steal inanimate objects. But this guy felt it was appropriate to go around chopping down plants ! Plants are living things, and they take a long time to grow. They're not so easily replaced… and eve…
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'Literally no amount of money... would convince me to say yes': Neighbor refuses to compromise on shared fence, regrets it one year later

'Literally no amount of money... would convince me to say yes': Neighbor refuses to compromise on shared fence, regrets it one year later

These neighbors may share a fence , but they certainly aren't friends. They can barely be friendly towards each other! You can't choose your neighbors, unfortunately. You may love your home, your yard, and your neighborhood in general, but if you have bad blood with the next-doors, you're never going to be 100% comfortable. There are so many cases of neighbor disputes growing over time to become full-scale feuds. No matter how nice you are, there are some people who just can't be reasoned with.…
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'No good deed goes unpunished': Concerned mother asks neighbor to stop leaving out free cookies

'No good deed goes unpunished': Concerned mother confronts neighbor about leaving out free cookies

This baker loves making cookies and other sweets, but they can't eat all of the goodies alone. As you'll know if you've ever lived with an avid baker, the extras get distributed to everyone around them. Everyone has a different part of the baking process that they love most: the delicious smells, the arm workout of kneading bread dough, or decorating cookies with sprinkles and icing. For a lot of bakers, though, the fun is in making that food . And especially if they make the same recipes over…
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'How do you like them apples?': Band gets even with cranky old neighbor, retrieving the apples he stole, and letting them rot

'How do you like them apples?': Band gets even with cranky old neighbor, retrieving the apples he stole, and letting them rot

We love petty revenge in all forms, but we mourn the loss of perfectly ripe apples. These band members found themselves in a feud with a cranky old neighbor from a few houses down. At first, it was about the noise level of their jam sessions despite the fact that their house was far enough away and they were practicing during appropriate hours. In short, these were not selfish miscreants; they were at least trying to be respectful to the neighborhood. However, once the cranky neighbor escalated…
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‘Sweet sweet victory’: Housemate settles score with cheapskate roommate who refuses to pay the bills by filling up the entire house with bubbles

‘Sweet sweet victory’: Housemate settles score with cheapskate roommate who refuses to pay the bills by filling up the entire house with bubbles

Sometimes the best retaliation comes from the need for playful bantering, not from anger. The story that follows is an account of a frustrated roommate. The Original Poster (OP) lives in an apartment with two housemates. Since OP and the other tenants are all students, they occasionally have to live on a tight budget. That being said, OP was more than happy to shoulder the responsibility when needed, having recognized that each tenant had a unique capacity to contribute. The tenants got along,…
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‘That’ll show them': Neighbor forces demanding tenants out of their apartment by reporting to management that 4 people were living in a 1 bedroom apartment

‘That’ll show them': Neighbor forces demanding tenants out of their apartment by reporting to management that 4 people were living in a 1 bedroom apartment

The best kinds of neighbors are neighbors you have absolutely no contact with. The less you engage, the better your relationship will be, which means everyone is happy. What this basically means, is that if every single neighbor would have minded their own business, and kept for themselves, there would be much less neighborhood drama to deal with. The person who wrote this Reddit story had neighbors who were completely the opposite of the ones described above. They would constantly complain abo…
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'I have every right': resident refuses to remove security camera from front door after demanding neighbors complain it overlooks their property

'I have every right': resident refuses to remove security camera from front door after demanding neighbors complain it overlooks their property

Have you ever heard the famous phrase 'Patience is a virtue'? Even if you haven't, it is not that hard of a sentence to understand–having patience is a good trait to have. You would think that it also would not be so hard to act accordingly and have patience in your day-to-day life. But that is often not the case. Especially when it comes to the neighbors in this Reddit story. OP (original poster), has a ring camera that records the front of their house, to make sure no one steals their package…
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‘The head of the HOA was fuming’: Guy drives HOA board members crazy over the color of his house

‘The head of the HOA was fuming’: Guy drives HOA board members crazy over the color of his house

If HOAs want to enforce pointless rules, then they better be prepared for people to expose just how pointless said rules are. Here, we have a guy who just wanted to paint his house a light green color but did not realize that the HOA had to approve the color. When the head of the HOA came by to discuss the paint job, he purposely left out this reminder so that the resident could later be fined for not complying. That’s when the resident decided to get petty in return. He proceeded to submit doz…
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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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Karen calls cops on dude's leaky tire, he exposes her dirty fountain: 'She didn't even live on my [...] street'

Everyone has a dirty little secret hiding somewhere on their property—sometimes it's that project car that hasn't moved for months (and that probably will never be finished), and sometimes it's your neglected fountain in your backyard that has become less of an aesthetic water feature and more of a mosquito breeding ground. And it's only natural to be vaguely annoyed by these oversights on the part of your neighbors, as—when you're locked eternally into a plot of land in (relatively) close prox…
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New neighbor sues over encroaching fence, farmer puts a pig pen right next to their "shiny new" home: 'My eyes would start watering it smelled so bad'

Being cautious and conscientious about where you're buying property is extremely important. Ensuring that you're aware of any zoning, environmental hazards, or other possible issues ensures that you're going to not only make a good investment but enjoy a peaceable existence in your new home as well. Future-proofing is important too. Of course, you can't control all eventualities, but the last thing you want to do is get caught out, unaware that you were buying next to a plot of land that could…
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Resident hides neighbor’s trash can to prevent sanitation workers from having to empty it as 'punishment' for taking out the trash after hours, neighborly dispute ensues

Resident hides neighbor’s trash can to prevent sanitation workers from having to empty it as 'punishment' for taking out the trash after hours, neighborly dispute ensues

A neighborly dispute might develop into a vicious rivalry or just harmless fun. Whatever the situation, though, nobody can deny that it makes for a fantastic story in the end. The story that follows is an account of a frustrated neighbor. The Original Poster (OP) relays the time that his neighbor unintentionally sparked a neighborhood conflict over a trash can. In other words, the neighbors, who served as the community's ‘garbage police’, decided when every single resident of the street had to…
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