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14 Nightmare Homeowner's Association Stories

By Mustafa Gatollari

Owning a home is a royal pain in the butt. Between property taxes, regular maintenance, getting financing, and homeowner's insurance, it's no walk in the park.

To top it all off, tons of homes and condos are managed by homeowner's associations who, on top of collecting hefty fees, impose all sorts of regulations. If you don't play by the rules, they often levy fines and, in some instances as you'll see below, steal your property from you—legally. At their best, HOAs are annoying. At their worst, they're the devil. 

In this reddit thread, people shared their worst experiences with homeowner's associations and man, are they terrible.

Being fined for dog poop that doesn't belong to your pet.

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This condo owner was tired of receiving $100 fines from their housing association, so they decided to finally do something about it.

"I began taking my phone with me on every walk and took photos and videos of me picking up poop with timestamp evidence. I sent a folder full of photos to the HOA with photographic evidence that I was picking up after my dogs.

We continued to receive fines. I got a small trash can and kept it on my patio and began saving my bags of dog poop for two weeks. I did tie the bags but they were still obviously smelly as poop bags are very thin plastic. I then mailed a box of poop to the HOA office along with copies of timestamped photos showing I had picked it up. I told them that I had better not ever receive another fine for dog poop because I had provided more than sufficient evidence that it wasn't us. Miraculously, the fines stopped and we haven't received any for over two years."

Excellent.