HOAs have rules that all must follow. Mr. Ignacio is no exception. I read my docs carefully before purchasing a condo. If I did not want to abide by the rules I would not have purchased. I would be furious if my neighbor had 20 pets and I were allowed only one! Who does this weirdo think he is? A rebel without a cause? Maybe after Jenny Craig.
I read all of the "Standards & Guidelines", even the Grandfather clauses section before I bought my house, and the HOA has to pass every house before it can be sold. My house passed with flying colors. Then within a year we have a new HOA management Co. and all of a sudden everything that had ever been done to my house was wrong.
There was a lot done to this house within the 1st 6 months of it being built, sprinkler system, fence & deck, front Bistro Patio, re-designed stairs to the front entrance with a railing.
I knew the people that originally bought the house when it was built, all of that stuff passed the ARB way back when, and now all of a sudden it's a problem.
I've looked it up they can't do anything to you if they've let it go for more than 5 years, and they can't do anything at all if it passed inspection when you bought the house, unless you've made changes that weren't approved.
The HOA has been after me because they say the deck & fence shouldn't be painted,(it's been painted since month 2 of the house being built), we've cleaned it and repainted it the exact same color, but they say it should be untreated wood only.
Ok I'll go for that, but what about all of the untreated decks in the neighborhood that 18 years later are now the color of fireplace ashes, those look horrible compared to mine. And all of the other painted decks & fences in the community.
Then they say my front door color doesn't go with the neighborhood, my grass has too many weeds in it(complete BS).
When all of the Ash colored decks get replaced, then I'll replace my deck too, and it will have a nice clear coat to protect the wood. I don't like the painted wood, and actually planned on replacing all of it, but when they sent me a letter telling me I "had" to, that's when I said kiss my A**.
The best way to deal with most HOA's, get on the BOD, or the ARB.
Within 2 years of moving in I was the President of the HOA, and we made some changes to the "Standards & Guidelines" (Notice the word "Guidelines") Those aren't binding by law, unless there is a codicil attached to the "Rules".
We passed regulations that suck for the people trying to sell their house, if it's not up to the S & G, but when you sell, everything that doesn't meet the S & G or was Grandfathered in, has to be, before the HOA will allow the sale.
I'm all for HOA's and keeping home values up, but when they turn into Nazi's it gets ridiculous.