I'm at the point I really don't care, anyone dumb enough to pay for a place to live, that is or never will be "Theirs". Deserve all of the hell the HOAs give them. These people just want to be pampered special sonsofbitches, behind a guard house, or a front desk down stairs. Then they think they are exempt from the HOA rules, because that's just how bent they are.
It's even worse in Florida. Florida has a law that says a Condo Association or HOA can forclose on a property with an oustanding lien AHEAD of the first lien holder. If they slap on all kinds of atty fees and processing charges, and get a lien placed, even if it's a short sale where the 1st (and certainly a 2nd) lienholder is getting hosed, the HOA will threaten to foreclose on the property if the lender does not agree to pay them in full at closing, regardless of how ridiculous the charges are. (like asking for $14,875 in HOA fees on a short sale netting only $70,000 to the 1st lien holder, where the lender is still owed $225,000 by the owner)
We have a landowners association... a bunch of you Californians (bad, bad people) moved here, built fancy houses for less than half of what they sold their crappy Cali homes for, and then stacked the board with ex-pats. Shit, these retired people were driving around telling us to fix our fences, complaining about kids riding their horses at night and otherwise stirring up the shit. Wanted us to shut off all lights after dark, fifteen minute limit.
Mind you, these are the same people who lined their driveways with fancy lights and lit up the world at Christmas during the height of the bubble. They complained about us regular people...
We voted them all outta office - but not before the insurance companies told them they had to have "defensable space" around their house or lose their insurance. The bylaws said that they could be fined $250 a tree for each one they cut down not necessary to build their home. The new landowners assn, who hated them, wouldn't back down on the tree thing. For some people it would have cost thousands of dollars to comply with their insurance. People who they'd treated like shit when they were on the board were out there taking photos... it was fairly tense.
Should have shot them, but a fair bunch have lost their homes and no longer live here anyway.