10 Outrageous Homeowners' Association Rules
I Can't Do WHAT?!
Article Courtesy of The Stir
By Brittany Drye
Published August 24, 2010
understand the need for homeowners' associations, but sometimes
they take their power a little too far (and your crabby neighbor is quick to
sell you out).
are ten examples of HOA rules that got a little out of hand.
No Hurricane Shutters -- In
Must Be Cool: Being an artist, living in the coolest, hippest
(and most expensive) neighborhood in NYC sounds awesome, right? Well, in a
particular building, the tenants must be considered "on-the-verge
artists" and have their craft approved by the board. Does the board not
understand what "on-the-verge" implies? Hello, those crafters aren't
making money yet!
(same building, mind you) you can't wear high heels in the house because of the
noise. How can you be hip without heels?
No Structures Allowed: Neighbors are paranoid that POD in your
backyard might be a meth lab. Hey, it could happen.
Laundry On The Line: So what if laundry dried on a clothesline
is one of the best smells in the world (and saves energy)? No one wants to see
granny's panties flapping in the wind.
Neutral Only: You're going to have to find other ways to spruce
up your exterior because in some neighborhoods, you can only have neutral colors
for your doors and trim.
No Weinermobiles Allowed: In a lot of neighborhoods, you better
have a garage if you drive a commercial vehicle.
No Smoking ... In Your Own Home: Sure, smoking's bad for you,
but when you can't do it in your own home, where can you light one up?
Fence & Hedge Nazis: Must be this color, must be this
height, must be this material. Yikes! I bet those neighborhoods look like
they're straight out of Pleasantville.
Shingles Must Be the Same, Even If You're Home Has Been Hit By a Plane:
A man in
Kids, Pack Up That Lemonade Stand: Sorry kiddos, your adorable
attempt at making money this summer has been banned from the mean ol' HOA.