What Will The HOAs Say?

guest blog by Nila Ridings

For those seeking a shaded space with outdoor exposure this could be the perfect solution. It looks like the next best thing to a screened porch minus the crosswinds. And perfect for a smaller home where making the garage a multi-purpose room would be nice. Well, unless they live in an HOA.

What will happen when these start to appear? HOA board members will lay awake at night crafting new rules to prohibit them. That’s what. And they will dream of ways to spend the money they collect in fines from those who disobey the new rule.

For the lucky folks who are living HOA-Free this could really come in handy for Saturday night card parties, Sunday afternoon game watching, kids birthday celebrations, and craft projects that require ventilation. It would also be an incentive to keep the garage nice and clean!

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on “What Will The HOAs Say?

  1. Cynthia

    Thank you for writing about this Nila. What a great idea this is and it also allows for air to be circulated throughout a garage where so many in HOAs are forced to store their garbage pails, or garbage/recycle bins. They appear to be fairly dark and don’t seem to allow total visibility into the garage. I am sure there will be HOAs across the country with problems with these, and that is too bad for the homeowners in these groups. They will have to “fight” it out and unfortunately it will be costly and I am sure some may loose their homes!

    1. kdawn

      I * try * not to borrow trouble till it finds me… (Note: I said “try”!)

      I’m planning on installing a nice clothes line myself!! It is better for the environment and
      for my electric bill too! Not allowed according to one set of bylaws… another place it just says
      that clotheslines should not be seen from the road… who knows.


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