Homeowner's associations don't have to be evil. In fact, some people might like the idea of community dues and contracts to help keep up property value and bring neighbors closer together - but these people are not those people. In fact, all of these stories center around HOA committees run amok. Whether it's Karen-run commities that spend their days ensuring a homeowner's grass is the proper length, or faceless tyrannical mini-governments that keep dropping pointless fines in residential mailboxes, all of these HOAs have taken things too far. So far, in fact, that some people took it into their own hands to put these little bureaucracies in their place. Read on to see if any of these HOA revenge stories of petty payback and malicious compliance quench your thirst for justice, and don't forget to vote up the best ones!
1. Karen And The Cop
Posted by u/dave8814:
Usually before work, I go on about a five-mile walk with my dog. I live in a condo, so I walk about a quarter mile up the road and walk around in a neighborhood.
About eight months ago while I'm walking, a golf cart with actual lights and sirens pulls up in front of me. This huge old lady gets out and starts yelling before I can even get my headphones out of my ears. Turns out walking dogs isn't allowed before seven am according to the HOA. I informed her that first of all, I don't live there, and second of all, the streets were all public, so she couldn't really do much. She responded by threatening to call the cops and have me arrested. I just told her to do whatever she felt she had to and walked away.
This really p*ssed her off. She started following me in her golf cart with the lights and siren going. This continued for about ten minutes, until the cops arrived on the scene. I stopped and talked with them for a bit and explained my side of things... In the end, I had every right to walk my dog at anytime of day or night. As for her, though, they tested the siren, which exceeded noise levels for anytime before eight am. Then to top it off, she didn't have it registered for use on public roads, and the tail lights didn't work. As I looped back around, the golf cart was getting loaded onto a tow truck, and I just kinda laughed the whole way back to my condo.Sweet revenge?
2. If You Can't Beat Them, Buy Them
Posted by u/MoarSec:
My mom told me a great story of the vengeance one of her clients enacted after being harassed by a tyrannical HOA. The guy is a surgeon and very wealthy. He bought a piece of property, and the HOA started really messing with him bad, ripping his trees out, fining him large sums of money for infractions that were baseless, and when he would fight them and ask for proof, they would retaliate by screwing with him even more...
The revenge: Being a pretty prestigious surgeon, and having a sh*tload of money, he decided to buy every piece of property that became available in the neighborhood. This plot took over a year of buying property after property... and he would put them in names of different businesses he owned as to not raise suspicion. The HOA didn’t even see it coming.
Then one day, he showed up to an HOA meeting... and said something to the effect of, “Here’s a list of all the properties I now own in this neighborhood, and that makes me the majority owner. I’m disbanding this HOA.” They were stunned, but there was nothing they could do. He defeated them.Sweet revenge?
3. Birthday Suit Bash
Posted by u/Flynn_lives:
OH WEE!!!! My good friend had a story.
Her and the husband moved into this gated community. She loves having a birdbath in her backyard... and she gardens a lot, so the decoration makes sense. Turns out her HOA figured out that she had said birdbath in her backyard. Apparently birdbath = lawn ornament, which was forbidden. She told them she would remove it. A week later, she gets another message saying that it hasn't been removed (it hadn't), and obviously, she and the husband put it together that the HOA is snooping in her backyard.
For a week, she spends her time outside sunbathing in the nude, setting her trap. Sure enough, a HOA narc opens the gate to their backyard and sees her in the nude.
Instant call to the police for privacy violations. The HOA gave up and let her have a birdbath.
She is now on the board of the HOA, and they leave her alone.Sweet revenge?
4. Go, Fight, Win!
Posted by u/Viking042900:
So a while back, I was given a UGA Bulldogs flag and a flagpole to mount it on my porch. Our homeowners association (HOA) restrictions say that sports team flags can only be flown on a day in which the team is playing. My intention was to only fly it on Saturdays when the football team was playing. So I put the flag up on a Saturday the Dawgs were playing, but forgot to take it down until Monday. On Friday, I get a letter from the HOA stating that I am in violation of the restriction and could be fined. Okay, fair enough, they are correct on this one. I then noticed that the date of observation was on Wednesday. I called and said that couldn't be true because I took it down on Monday. Instead of admitting her mistake, she lied and said that she had seen it up on Wednesday. Now I was mad.
I printed off a schedule of every sporting event the Bulldogs had in every sport, even club sports, and then proceeded to fly the flag every single day there was any kind of game, match, regatta, etc., which was almost every single day.
I then started getting letters stating I was in violation again. I would call on each one and explain that the water polo team had a match, or the rowing team had a regatta on those days. After about a month or two of this back and forth, they finally gave up.Sweet revenge?