Thats what I would call our local Home Owners Association(HOA).
We live in a nice neighbourhood,little windy roads overlooking a lake with beautiful houses.A long time ago,it was where people who retired from Delta and places like that came to live.We live on side that overlooks the houses that overlook the lake.My husbands grandfather owned this house and hubby ended up buying it from his father and uncles and thats how we can afford to live here.
There has always been a HOA which was somewhat active but it generally maintained the upkeep of the lake and signs and stuff like that.
My husband had a falling out with them and refused to pay his dues.
Anything to do with the HOA was voluntary.
Then a bunch of new people moved in and took over the Board,elected members of the board who are"their people" and are trying to put in a HOA by force.No one who lives here wants it but somehow these people are moving ahead.
They sent out a form on which you had to write your opinions on and here are some of their rules
they can come and check your yard and house at any time.
they can raise dues at any time
your dog cannot bark constantly or cats cannot wander around as they please
they can fine you for breaking rules thro a letter sent by their lawyer($75.00 for the fine +$25.00 to pay the lawyer for fining you)
If you fail to pay,they can put a lien on your house(a couple lost their house for not paying $200.00)
These are some of the rules worded in "lawyerease".They have hired a lawyer who specialises in raising dues,some of the neighbourhoods he works for have dues at $2200.
Who can afford stuff like this ?We are everyday,middle class people,who work hard for their living and make do with what we have.We dont live on the lake and dont use the lake like people living on the lake do,yet we are supposed to pay for lake specific things.In todays world,is it feasible to pay out sums of money like that?Not to mention we live in the worst county in GA.People have moved out from here in droves,leaving empty houses behind
The HOA has twisted the laws to suit them(flat out lied) and misused funds and now a core group against them has formed and I am hoping that they end up suing them.They meet and discuss laws and stuff and its like an underground movement!Sometimes there is a Board member hanging out to see who meets where!