tickld.com – Fed Up Homeowner Sticks It To His HOA And Gets The Most Epic Revenge
tickld.com: Fed Up Homeowner Sticks It To His HOA And Gets The Most Epic Revenge
By Philip Sledge
October 20, 2019
It may come as no surprise, but Homeowners Associations have a bit of a bad reputation. While there are good HOAs out in the wild, you typically only read about the worst offenders, and it’s usually for a good reason.
Just ask Alec, whose friend, Hal, inherited his grandparents’ house in a neighborhood with a tenacious HOA helmed by a group of power hungry, greedy busy bodies who made it their mission in life to get the entire neighborhood under their control.
When Hal first moved into the house his late grandparents’ built and lived in for decades, the HOA assumed they could take advantage of a seemingly young and inexperienced first-time homeowner. But the group would soon find out that not only did Hal not have any intention of joining their association, he also wasn’t going to go down without a fight.
So buckle up and prepare for one wild ride.
There Was The First Encounter
It didn’t take long for the HOA board members to show up and start pestering Hal with lists of demands, rules, and random searches. Shortly after he moved in, Hal received a knock at the door, and when he opened it, he was greeted by a group of the HOA members shoving papers in his face, demanding he sign them right away.
If that wasn’t bad enough, one of the board members demanded that he be allowed entry into Hal’s garage to see “if everything there is in order.”
This essentially meant that the HOA had the “right to do this bi-weekly,” and denying any of the members access would result in a fine.
Hall was appalled by the “audacity” of the HOA for thinking that they had any right forcefully entering people’s homes to randomly dig through their property. Having enough of the HOA, Hal promptly kicked them out of his garage and off his property, refusing to sign the membership papers in the process.
It seemed like the HOA was banking on the idea that since Hal was young and naive, he would probably back down. Little did they know, Hal’s grandfather had written his grandson a letter detailing the years of abuse by the HOA, preparing him for the fight that would be coming his way.
“It turns out they were wrong on both accounts, since his grandpa left him a letter pointing out what his rights exactly were, what they would possibly try, what else they might try, how hard it is to fight what, when he needs to react and how, so he prepared him really well for this,” Alec wrote.
Then Came The List Of Demands
With the HOA gone, Hal looked through the HOAs list of guidelines, which sounded more like a list of demands from an occupying force than a neighborhood association.
“They had, for example, a right to visit your home bi-weekly to check things like that you do not use the garage for storage or don’t have gasoline in containers in your garage,” Alec wrote. “You had to mow your lawn every week, snow had to be shoveled every two hours when it snowed (starting at 5 o’clock in the morning).
You could not park more than one car on your grounds (except inside the garage).”
Three days went by and Hal still hadn’t signed the contract, so the group came back by like some geriatric mafia trying to get him to comply with their rules. When the group said they wanted to check Hal’s garage again, he said no and kicked them off his property.
“To them, that meant war,” Alec wrote.
Within a week of the confrontation, Hal received received fines upwards of $1,000 for simply not allowing them to enter his home.
Hal was neither impressed nor intimidated and used the “stupid letters to help fire his grill.”
But this only fanned the flames of discontent.
But Then It Went Too Far
Hal went on with his life, but would you be shocked to hear that the HOA board wasn’t so willing to forgive and forget? Because they did neither.
One day, Hal came home to find one of the HOA members had broken into his his garage, writing down things on a notepad. It didn’t take long for Hal to realize the zealous HOA board was willing to take any step necessary to keep tabs on him, even if that meant using bolt cutters to bust up a lock on the garage door. Read more: