There are lots of wise people who specifically bought homes outside of HOA control. The Moss Ridge neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida does just fine without one. The neighborhood has only 59 houses and most people are friendly with their neighbors. Moss Hill is clean, homes are nice, there are no cars on blocks, no pink and purple houses.
But a number of homeowners there started getting fake “code violations” in their mailboxes. One person is ordered to paint her house…”or else!” Another is told “Remove the flowerpots from your deck… “or else!” Still another, “Edge your sidewalk! Or else!” The notices demand correction within 90 days… “Or else!”
The neighbors say there is absolutely no HOA at Moss Ridge. City Zoning says the citations are fake and were not issued by them.
Homeowners are rattled by the phony notices. One woman says, “We obey every rule in the City of Jacksonville. I don’t want to be harassed by some anonymous man.” Others say they are frightened by the demands.
The neighbors may have good reason to be concerned. In some parts of the country, HOAs have actually been created without notification or permission of all the neighbors.
Kudos to Ken Amaro of FirstCoastNews.com for first reporting this story.
Ward Lucas, author of Neighbors At War! The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association.