I never thought I’d live in a home owners’ association (HOA) community. Then I moved in with my love. Now neither of us want to live in a HOA community ever again. Here’s why.
My mom taught me not to use the “H” word, not even for something benign like a undesirable veggie. She felt the “H” word was too strong of a word. So I feel really badly about saying “I hate HOAs”, but really, there is no other way to express my feelings. Not saying ”hate” just wouldn’t be strong enough. The following expresses my personal feelings, which are shared for entertainment purposes only.
Here are my top 5 reasons for not feeling love for HOAs:
1) I can’t figure out their purpose. Mine has never been of assistance to me, a home owner. In fact, they only cause negative feelings of frustration and disbelief. So who does a home owners’ association represent? And what exactly do they do? Can anyone tell me what their purpose is?
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2) I am required to pay dues to the HOA, yet the HOA intentionally does not send bills or payments reminders for the quarterly dues. Once I called and asked “Why haven’t you been sending payment reminders? With people’s busy schedules these days, it is sometimes difficult to remember when quarterly bills are due. A reminder would be of great benefit for you and me.” They just said, “A bill would be a courtesy.” Me: “So could you please be courteous and send a bill to help me remember?”. HOA: “We are not required to send a reminder or bill.” They were being stubborn, and never directly answered my question. Needless to say, still no billing reminders are being sent.
3) I am paying them to not send me payment reminders so they can make more money out of me. If you look at my HOA’s budget, they actually want people to pay late on their quarterly bills. Why? Well, if you pay late, you will be charged an extra $100. And in their budget, they account for 5 people paying late at any given time. They need that money to pay their own overhead costs. Without people paying late, they could not stay within their budget.