21 Times Homeowners Associations Were Invasive, Creepy, Annoying, And Downright Out-Of-Control

In some neighborhoods, homeowners associations are pretty laid back and do things for residents. But unfortunately, other HOAs sometimes get out of hand as members use their power to fine, harass, and even sue homeowners for minor infractions.
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So when u/glam_spacetime asked Reddit about HOA horror stories, the comments flooded in. Here are some of the most upvoted stories about HOA gone wild:
1. "The HOA attempted to hold a 'secret' community meeting where they would vote to convert the large field and trail that everyone used for recreation into an RV park. It was 'secret' because they basically didn't tell anyone and put the required notice in a place where no one would see it. As you can probably guess, most board members owned RVs. Luckily, a few neighbors noticed and started knocking on doors. A crowd turned up and the proposal was vehemently suppressed."
—u/Clouds on the brain
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2. “They wouldn't let me add an acre of land to my property. My neighbor owned 100 acres of land and let me buy one acre from him to add to the four acres I already had. You can't build anything there On an acre, the HOA refused to buy it. However, when an attorney said it was fine, they let me buy the acre. I think they just wanted to waste our time."
—u/thecactusclub
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3. "I slipped and fell in my driveway and broke my femur near my hip and couldn't get up. I lay in my driveway for about 30 minutes calling for help and I could hear people walking by but nobody stopped for quite a while. At one point I asked someone to call an ambulance and was attended to. Spent a few days in the hospital, and when I got home I had a letter from my HOA saying I was breaking the law for sleeping in my driveway in the middle of the day. So the people that were walking by and definitely heard me calling for help and didn't stop were from the HOA or reported me to them.
—u/zonedrone
4. "Our HOA sued us for leaving our garbage can a day after garbage day a total of five times in the three years we've lived here."
—u/boardcertifiedbitch
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5. “The condominium company wanted to renovate the pool and suggested the cost they wanted to go ahead with. There were many developers in the building and they realized it was about four times the price it should have been. Association says hard cookies , things are going to be fun. People write messages about what's going on with the club, the club writes e-mails about it, there's a lot of back and forth snipping."
"Then one day I'm in the lobby waiting for someone to show up and the leader of the club and one of the people who called them out ran into each other and they had to be cut off by security immediately because they were going to start throwing blows."
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—u/thugloofio
6. "I moved to a new neighborhood after sorting out all the bells and whistles for the house of my dreams. About two years after I moved in, the garbage truck somehow managed to destroy the garbage can. The disposal company replaced them, but in the time between the garbage account's establishment and the mishap, the disposal company changed the color and style of the bins provided. My HOA told me my garbage can was unauthorized and could not be left in the street on garbage day because it was visually distracting."
"I went to the sanitation department and explained what was going on and they told me that when the old ones ran out they stopped maintaining the old cans and switched to the new ones.
So I had to take a letter from them back to the HOA, who didn't budge and told me I had to have the same type of can as everyone else. Everyone had their can in the same spot on the same side of each house when it wasn't garbage day.
So I had to put the new can in the backyard and wheel it around the house at the exact moment the garbage truck showed up and immediately wheel it back to the backyard. I had to make special arrangements with work to be able to do this every Monday."
—u/toobatheviking
7. "One of my co-workers was warned by his HOA that he had too many boxes in his garage. They claimed he couldn't use his garage for storage."
—u/birdshitpie
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8. "My neighbor's lawn mower stopped working, so he hired someone to mow his lawn until he could fix it or get a new one. He hired someone to park his truck on the street while they were busy The HOA emerges and tells the lawnmower service not to park on the street — but to park OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY because his work truck and trailer is “from the noble and elegant stature of the community". They called the police when he refused."
—u/toobatheviking
9. "My neighborhood HOA tried to tell me that my house needs an extension because houses in the neighborhood have to be at least 1,800 square feet. My house is 1,750 square feet. HOA was founded in 2004. My house was built in 1989. My family took the HOA to court. Long story short, HOA had to back down because their rules didn't exist until AFTER the house was built. So the HOA rules don't apply to my house."
—u/amaranthrose red
10. "We built a new fence around our property and they told us to take it down since the other fences looked old."
—u/okrafit3987
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11. "Everyone had to lug their trash cans down a hill to a curb where the garbage truck would pick them up. People would be slow to get their bins back after collection. So the HOA went and dragged all the trash cans to the other side of the neighborhood and dumped them in a heap on any patch of public lawn. So we're paying these people to be childishly petty and piss us off? ."
—u/fireteamaccount
12. "My wife and I bought our condo almost 6 years ago and the guy we bought it from owned it for less than a year. When we closed he said he was never given a key to the neighborhood pool when buying the space from the previous owner but it was old so he didn't care and would never use it. We said no big deal, we'll just ask for a new one."
"Well the HoA wants us to pay $300 for a 'new' key because we 'lost' our old one and it's a fraud prevention measure to stop people selling their pool keys or something.
We had told them as soon as we moved in that we never got a key and after six years they refuse to get us a new one. We just pick the lock and leave anyway but if it was a problem I would be furious at the ridiculousness of making us pay into the HoA to service that pool when we never get access to it even though it wasn't our fault and probably not even the fault of the guy in front of us."
—u/manly_mangos
13. "Drones were used to make sure nobody was growing vegetables in their backyards. About the time they came out with the drones, we had enough and moved 1,700 miles away. Friends say the drones had to be stopped though for privacy and security, so at least that's good."
—u/ehlersdanlossucks
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14. “Our HOA President and Vice President brought in a new resident, a rich guy who renovated and expanded a house he bought. I later found out the duo were caught stealing fees and payments to pay for their project."
“The new resident then built a five-story tower with a bar on the top floor. Unable to top that, the duo tried everything they could to prank the new resident, some of which included sabotaging the supplies and materials.
The duo got arrested for something else unrelated to their cock contest. The HOA lost a lot of power and trust, so they just collected fees and cleaned up the place."
—u/illogical future
15. "We live in a historic neighborhood, so the HOA is very strict about the exterior of our homes. Our patio door was warped so we spent ages trying to find the exact same style and color antique door to replace. As soon as we did, they were pissed that we didn't get it approved first. The only way you would even know we swapped it is if you watched it.
-u/ttrimmer
16. "I was fined $375 for a flower pot."
—u/you_like_my_name
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17. "I received six separate notifications for an RV parked in front of someone else's garage. It wasn't my RV. It wasn't my garage. It sat outside the owner's house for about two hours while he loaded it up before a camping trip. The best part is that they photographed the breach and it's clearly someone else's stuff outside someone else's house."
—u/the occasional chemist
18. “We had a blizzard that threw about two feet of snow on us overnight. That morning was garbage day so our full dumpster stood on the street waiting to be picked up, totally covered in snow and no one could reach their dumpsters. The blizzard turned into an ice storm that took everything outside hostage — six inches of solid ice on everything cementing the dumpster in place.
"The next day the ice and snow melted just enough to see the lids, but they were still buried. Garbage collection was delayed because they couldn't get the trucks through the snow because the HOA didn't involve plowing our community's streets.
The next morning we received an email notifying us that our rubbish had been sitting around for three days and that it had to be taken out immediately or we would be fined. They literally never did anything positive. total theft."
—u/mellopiex
19. "I was visiting a friend who lived in a strict HOA neighborhood. I was a smoker then. He didn't allow smoking indoors, and the HOA had a rule about smoking outdoors. You were not even allowed to smoke or have alcohol cans or bottles visible in your own yard. Yes, if you drank alcohol during a cookout or whatever, it had to be poured into mugs. They also had rules about parking in the driveway for more than 30 minutes. Visiting the guy was a pain in the ass."
—u/imnotacracyperson
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20. "They illegally towed my car several times because I had foreign license plates on my car. Total cost me about $600.”
—u/light-hovercraft197
21. And finally, "The HOA at my childhood home spent months trying to take my father to court over the height of our bush. They literally measured her with a tape measure every day.”
—u/saramambiche0
Have you ever encountered an over-the-top HOA? Share your story in the comments.

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