Fighting your board
This is not a good idea.
posted by Ward Lucas
01 April 2014
Some family members just got back from Spring Break week in Florida
with stories about yet another family member who’s gotten his back up
over a minor HOA dispute. An unmowed lawn, a too-high hedge, and the
wrong kind of lamp in the window.
He plans to fight the HOA.
plan to plead with him to pay all the fines, shut up and carefully plot
You will not, you cannot, win a fight against your HOA especially in
Just pay the fines. Once you have to hire a lawyer, the tens
of the thousands or the hundreds of thousands you spend will pale in
comparison to the amounts in the original dispute.
In other words, you
lose. If you lose you’re a loser.
The HOA system is not built to protect property values or neighborly
love. It’s a contentious, dispute-driven organism which creates losers.
But as an organism it does have a life cycle. Its death is inevitable.
If you can make a clean escape, or change the system from within, or
spread the word to other homeowners…then you’re a winner. A huge winner.
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