I rented years ago in a place that was in the midst of a war inside its HOA. They were townhouses and the HOA decided it was time to repaint the units. The problem was that they picked a horrifying candy-colored alternating theme. I got the impression that this was done without many people knowing, however, given they were forced by residents to stop midway through painting because people started to realize how ridiculous their neighborhood had started to look. It spiraled into bickering and infighting over whether to let them keep going on basically throw away the considerable amount of money they'd already spent and start over with something less hideous. As a renter who knew his stay was finite, it was hilarious, but I'd have been livid if I were an owner.
Originally Posted by Piobaire
I've read all the horror stories but really my HOA is run by a management company and is very professional. I can't understand how people do not see the value in a good HOA. All those examples I gave above are real reasons to have a good HOA. A good HOA should be about minimal restrictions designed to keep your property value up.
The problem is that not everyone has the same goal with HOAs, and your examples illustrate this. Some people would rather have a basketball hoop for their kids to use than an extra however-many-thousand dollars in home value.