posted on Jul, 19 2014 @ 03:35 AM
originally posted by: boymonkey74
I don't get why they can even do this.
Do they have to have a green lawn? and why?.
Isn't it their own property?.
It is their property but they signed away the right to do with it what they please.
People join HOA's here in the states in an effort to keep trash out of the neighborhood. Trash refers to people and actual... Well.. Trash. When you
buy a home in these neighborhoods you sign a contract agreeing to their terms on what your yard and house will look like, what plants, trees, and
grass you can plant and maintain, agree to decorate tastefully for holidays or not at all, etc. etc. etc. the list goes on and on and could even
dictate what your welcome mat looks like on your front porch.
People sign these contracts thinking that these rules and regulations will keep their property values as high as possible. They are generally happy
with this idea (no clue as to why) until it hits home for them.
You can be fined for your grass, weeds, garden gnomes, incorrect flower pots, blinds, etc. it's ridiculous to give away all that freedom without
really thinking about it and once it hits home, they really have no choice but to obey or pay. If you have fines... No matter how little, and you
refuse to pay??? They can foreclose on your property and push you out. So you can lose your home for not paying a $100 fine for having your Christmas
lights up one day too long.
I can have sympathy for a lot of folks in a lot of situations, but I have a hard time in these cases because the people agreed to the terms before
buying the house. They are ok with the Gestapo rules until there is a rule they can't or won't follow, then they aren't so happy anymore.
That's about the best I can explain it. Someone else may be able to clarify better than I.
Think Stepford Wives only with whole neighborhoods...
edit on 7/19/2014 by Kangaruex4Ewe because: (no reason given)