Get to know your neighbors
That used to be such wise advice handed out by law enforcement organizations. But times have changed, times have changed. These days it’s far more important to your safety and your financial health to get to know your neighborhood rules. (I continue to collect examples of such rules, so please feel free to contact me with new ones!)
Some New York co-ops don’t want just any itinerant artist in the building, only art projects officially approved by the board.
In some HOAs….no high heels. (understandable)
In an HOA in Iowa…no visits by a mother-in-law! (Actually, that’s a marvelous excuse. One could get to like that rule)
No smoking in your own home or any place on your property. (Increasingly common, and backed up by court after court)
No outdoor laundry drying. (Very common. Lady in ‘enviro-friendly’ Oregon fined a thousand bucks.)
No cross or other Christian symbol near or on your from door or visible from the street. (gotta erase any remnant of Jesus)
No Mezuza or any other Jewish symbol visible from the street. (court cases up the wazoo)
Absolute restriction on the number of rose bushes (famous case which cost one poor sucker his house)
No lemonade stands (remember the rule against home-based businesses? Besides, who wants snotty nosed kids visible from the street?)
Kids may not play outside. (Unbelievable, but this is a current case involving some Florida Homeowners Associations!)
Please, please, I’m a glutton for punishment. If you’re all steamed up about some stupid HOA rule, please drop me a line. I’ve heard most of them, but am always looking for more. You’ll see a ton of them in my upcoming book, Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association, but I need volunteers in my anti-HOA army!
Talk to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbors At War: The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association