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Old 07-03-2013, 21:17   #26
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Your local code compliance officer can. All it takes is phone call from a neighbor.

Sec. 6.203 Tall Weeds and Grass

It shall be unlawful for the owner of any lot, building, house, establishment or premises in the city to allow or permit weeds, grasses or other growth to grow to a height in excess of eighteen (18) inches without mowing or cutting same. Lots, as regulated herein, shall refer to any lot, tract or parcel of land not exceeding in area five (5) contiguous acres. (Ordinance 448 adopted 6/18/01)

if i lived in the city i'd care about that ordinance, but i don't.
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Old 07-03-2013, 21:38   #27
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I live in a big, powerful, tight-fisted HOA / managed community. Homes from about $200K through $1M+. The list of restrictions and mandatory stuff is so long I got tired reading it and gave up. I pay about $1,000 per year for the privilege of being micromanaged.

And, I love it. Why? Because I agree with just about every rule and maintain my home to at or better than the HOA standards. The neighborhood looks like Disneyworld, every tree, shrub, and lawn mowed, just so. We have half a dozen beautiful community pools, tennis courts, and a common rec facility overlooking a big lake that is first rate. No junky cars, no weird additions, no above ground pools, no ugly flamingos in the front yard. Just house after house of homogeneous beauty. If I didn't like having everyone be so squared away, I wouldn't have moved here.

In my one year of living here, I've had exactly two interactions with the HOA:

1. A week after I moved in, and before I had a chance to mow the lawn after it had gone un-mowed for about two weeks, I got a nasty-gram post card about mowing. Got it mowed and never heard another word.

2. Needed permission to widen my driveway 10'. Filled out the request, waited two weeks, got approved.
I love mine as well. We pay $200 a month which includes use of the pool, lawn cutting, snow removal, leaf removal, outside painting of the house and replacement of the roof.

It's nice to come home and not have to worry about anything on the outside, any improvements I want to make I submit and will hear back within the week, the neighborhood looks great and housing prices have stayed steady.
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Old 07-03-2013, 21:49   #28
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My aunt and uncle live in a fancy one.

Years ago had a family get together and I drove my primered rusty kinda loud truck over. Couldn't park in their driveway so I parked in front of their Neighbors house, no big deal right? NOPE...

Mr powertrip HOA badass neighbor came banging on the door a short while later demanding to know who's "junk" truck was parked in front of his house. I said that "junk" truck is a fine machine what's the deal? He demanded I move it because he didn't want oil spots in front of his house. I told him not to sweat it, it doesn't leak and that I wasn't gonna move it. He kinda got a hissy and ten minutes later he was crawling under my truck placing cardboard under it.

Another time I went to visit on my Harley, I had screaming eagle slip ons and no baffles, sounded damn good by the way! I showed up after dark and mr badass HOA man showed up again B******* about how they don't need the noise in the neighborhood.

My uncle has said they have jumped his tail about putting the trash out to early, somebody complained once because he was changing his oil in his driveway blah blah blah.

No way in hell I'd ever live in one!! Those HOA nazis would hate me, I use roundup for a weed eater, have had wrecked trucks, motors and transmissions in the yard before.
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Old 07-03-2013, 22:15   #29
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The "younger" me always hated HOAs. Now, not such a bad thing. A crew shows up about every 8-10 days, mows, weedwhacks and blows everything clean. I have to trim the bushes, trees and maintain the flower beds. I like the fact my neighbors can't have 3 old Chveys up on blocks etc. Neighborhood (on a golf course) looks great.
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Old 07-03-2013, 22:16   #30
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nope. i am adamantly against them, borderline hostile actually.

i'll be damned if i let somebody else dictate what color i paint my home, or what i park in my driveway. you pay my my taxes and make my payments then you can tell me how high my grass can get, until then go **** yourself.
I like they way you think.

My family has lived in the same small red neck town for literary 4 generations. A couple houses went up for sale a couple years ago. Well the newbies from the suburbs wanted to start a HOA. Well let's just say it didn't go well.

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Old 07-03-2013, 22:18   #31
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People who hate HOAs are the same ilk that buy next to an airport then complain about the noise. HH
Then, they go to a restaurant with a dress code and complain about not being served...

Me, I like everybody being a little dressed up.
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Old 07-03-2013, 22:29   #32
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Then, they go to a restaurant with a dress code and complain about not being served...

Me, I like everybody being a little dressed up.
Could there be a HOA rule mandating dress codes? Not just at the pool maybe, but anywhere outside in the neighborhood. I guess there could be.

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Old 07-03-2013, 22:30   #33
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I recently moved into a subdivision with an HOA.

No problems so far, although the first thing I did was put two plastic flamingos in the yard.

I've done that at every place I've ever lived. Call me a rebel.
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Old 07-03-2013, 22:34   #34
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I recently moved into a subdivision with an HOA.

No problems so far, although the first thing I did was put two plastic flamingos in the yard.

I've done that at every place I've ever lived. Call me a rebel.
From what some have described so far, you might have a problem soon.
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Old 07-03-2013, 23:03   #35
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IAlso all these people that had the problems with the fence "blocking the view" couldn't see the pond unless they stood on the peak of their roof if then.
Here in CO, we have no ponds to look at. We have however, solved this issue. We like to look at mountains. It takes a pretty tall fence to block a 14000 foot tall mountain.
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Could there be a HOA rule mandating dress codes? Not just at the pool maybe, but anywhere outside in the neighborhood. I guess there could be.

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Google, "bungalow colonies" in the Catskill region of New York. There are entire towns with extremely strict dress codes and gender behavior on the books. HH
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Here in CO, we have no ponds to look at. We have however, solved this issue. We like to look at mountains. It takes a pretty tall fence to block a 14000 foot tall mountain.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:46   #38
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The "vent" is not the one finger salute to the neighbor -

The tallest vent is behind the others - if anything he is flipping himself off - I would have installed it differently.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:30   #39
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No, won't live in one, 95% of the stories I've heard, have been nightmares. My neighbors are pretty good neighbors, they take care of their properties, are still pleasant 6 years into the subdivision, and with no HOA.
I was involved in an HOA for about 10 years in a low level kind of way. I'll tell you straight up. You almost never hear about HOA actions that go well - having gang sign erased off of a perimeter fence before sunrise so the signing does not happen again, coordinating with the cops to drive off drug dealers and worse malefactors, the list is endless. You only hear the bad and I'd say 95% of the time the bad is exaggerated greatly.
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How can a private organization issue fines?
Professional sports do it all the time. HH
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I was involved in an HOA for about 10 years in a low level kind of way. I'll tell you straight up. You almost never hear about HOA actions that go well - having gang sign erased off of a perimeter fence before sunrise so the signing does not happen again, coordinating with the cops to drive off drug dealers and worse malefactors, the list is endless. You only hear the bad and I'd say 95% of the time the bad is exaggerated greatly.
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My HOA was just starting to get to the - WTF point when we had our yearly meeting.

Enough people complained about the ridiculous stuff so they dialed it back.

In 2009 we almost moved to a little town right next to Houston called Deer Park. Really nice custom home - price was so low VS Houston - but the guy across the street (also a nice home) had a GIANT RV parked on the side of his house - by side of the house I mean on the grass next to the house. If you looked out the front window you see a GIANT RV.

I ask the real estate person about it she said it was common practice - then added why pay storage on a boat or RV when you can just put it in your yard?

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Old 07-04-2013, 08:00   #42
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That being said I don't know how they can legally force property owners to follow their code, or fine owners.

How can a private organization issue fines?
Selling the house is contingent on HOA approval. In my home's case, the HOA did an inspection with the prior homeowners and determined they did not have the requisite four (4) shade trees in the back yard. The HOA would not sign off until the prior owners planted another tree.

I think the HOA contract also allows them to put a lien on properties that are in gross violation or that aren't paying their dues or fines.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:02   #43
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nope. i am adamantly against them, borderline hostile actually.

i'll be damned if i let somebody else dictate what color i paint my home, or what i park in my driveway. you pay my my taxes and make my payments then you can tell me how high my grass can get, until then go **** yourself.
Couldn't have stated my opinion any better than this!
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:04   #44
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I can see their merit.

Those that are against them, simply do not buy a home with a HOA clause. Very simple stuff.........just do not complain when you get a redneck neighbor with three cars in the front yard on blocks and grass two feet high!
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I can see their merit.

Those that are against them, simply do not buy a home with a HOA clause. Very simple stuff.........just do not complain when you get a redneck neighbor with three cars in the front yard on blocks and grass two feet high!
It would make it easy to give directions to your home.

Turn left on Elm street - right at the purple and orange striped house with the school bus camper in the front yard

Go straight until you see the above ground pool with a rusted out 71 Chevy pickup on blocks diving board - then turn right

Turn left at the house with no paint and 4 different colored shingles -

We are just past the house with the double wide trailer addition

If you get to the house with 25 dog cages in the front yard you have gone too far.

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Old 07-04-2013, 08:48   #46
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How long do you want to see that wrecked car prominently displayed in your neighbor's driveway?

Sometimes this is enforced by the HOA and sometimes by the Code Enforcement officers from the local government.

When houses are only 50 feet apart, wrecked cars need to be junked, not celebrated.

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Old 07-04-2013, 08:52   #47
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Lived in Florida for many years,........have dealt with HOAs before. I tend to avoid them, but I prefer to live on acreage.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:20   #48
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I waited to find a place i really liked that didn't have an hoa.


i just can't stand the idea of someone telling me what i can/can't do with my property.

Some hoa's I've heard of around here dictate what types of plants/cactus you can plant in your yard, what color you can paint your house, how many cars can be parked in the street, can't freaking change a car tire in the drive way or do any mechanical work at all.


I'll never live under an hoa if i can help it.
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Selling the house is contingent on HOA approval. In my home's case, the HOA did an inspection with the prior homeowners and determined they did not have the requisite four (4) shade trees in the back yard. The HOA would not sign off until the prior owners planted another tree.

I think the HOA contract also allows them to put a lien on properties that are in gross violation or that aren't paying their dues or fines.
Can HOA board members or representatives inspect the interior of your home when they wish to?
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