guest blog by Deborah Goonan
In the festive spirit of the season, I thought it was time for a little HOA Humor. Here’s my list of how to have a little fun, stir up a bit of conflict, and make yourself infamous in the eyes of your HOA Board. Warning: could be hazardous to your health and your bank account. In the comments section, feel free to add suggestions of your own!
Paint your front door purple, without getting approval from the architectural control committee.
Leave your garbage can out on the curb more than 24 hours after trash pick up.
Swap out your thirsty landscape for a xeriscape. Or plant herbs or vegetables.
Fly the American flag, upside down, on a pole that is 6” too tall.
Display the wrong kind of plants or “unauthorized objects” in your flowerpot on your porch or patio.
Hang window coverings that are any color other than pure white on the side facing outside.
Allow children to play in the yard, and leave some toys on the front lawn.
Refuse to submit a DNA sample of your pet pooch.
Ask to see financial documents.
Insist that the Board get at least three competitive bids for contracts, instead of going with the same contractor, year after year, despite poor service.
And, finally, display the holiday décor of your choice, even religious symbols, inflatable snowmen, and blinking lights!