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!
Color Me Colorful
Posted by u/procrastinator3000v2:
A friend of mine lived in a pretty big neighborhood with a pretty strict HOA. He asked and was allowed to add a garage onto his house and did so, siding it with cedar planks. It looked great. His HOA disagreed and told him the by-laws state all exposed walls must be painted. He tried to appeal, but was shot down unanimously. So he checked the by-laws further and found that while it was stated that all exposed walls must be painted, there was absolutely no mention of any color restrictions.
By the time he was done, each plank was a different primary color, and there was nothing they could do about it. They were furious with him, and he laughed his butt off.Sweet revenge?
Posted by u/Bob__Loblaw__:
My HOA in Oklahoma required that you hire a professional company and spend at least $500 to put up lights at Christmas time. They threatened to fine me when I refused, so, since I'm Jewish, I got a company to put up a huge Star of David in my front yard. They removed the requirement from the HOA rules the next year.Sweet revenge?
Raise The Roof
Posted by Anonymous:
My family lived under the dictatorial regime of a HOA for about a year and a half...
My dad, who is into ham radios, put up a small but hardly visible antenna on the back of the house. The top of it could be seen from the front, but only just the very top. Well, the HOA president told him that he had to take it down. He told them he would (although there was nothing in the bylaws forcing him to do so).
The next day, the antenna is 15 feet taller, as my dad had raised the extension in response. The HOA president put a fine in our mailbox immediately and gave my dad a stern talking-to at our front door.
The follow day, the antenna was raised up another 10 feet with an extension added in. At that point, it was clearly visible all over the neighborhood. Another fine showed up in our mailbox, and my dad had to go to another meeting. They threatened to begin eviction proceedings if he didn't take it down immediately. He acquiesced and agreed to take it down.
The next day the antenna was still there, with my dad on the roof first thing in the morning, waving at the HOA president as he predictably came around to inspect.
In a furious huff, he went to the council, called my dad in, and told him that they would begin eviction proceedings since he was not only violating HOA rules, but making a mockery of them. At that point, my dad pulled his ace card and had my uncle lawyer come in and explain that where we lived, HOAs could not regulate the use and transmission of ham radios and licensed operators due to their use for emergency communications and transmissions. My dad knew this all along, but just decided to mess with the HOA regardless. He kept his tower, and the HOA caved in on the fines and punishments and realized they couldn't do anything unless they wanted to take us to court and prove that what my dad had was unreasonable (which it clearly wasn't).
It's his favorite story to tell at parties. I still think ham radios are boring, though.Sweet revenge?
'Tis The Season
Posted by u/Horiatius:
So the HOA in my parents' neighborhood sent my mother a letter to take down her two pink plastic flamingos because "they clashed with the architectural aesthetic" of the neighborhood (upper middle class sort of place). My mother formally complied, but made game flouting the rules after that. There were no restrictions in the bylaws against any sort of temporary seasonal decorations. So the flamingos come out for every holiday imaginable, redressed for the season. Flamingo witches and mummies for Halloween, pulling Santa's sleigh for Christmas, football players for the all-important Clemson/Carolina rivalry game. It has gotten to the point where her flamingo dioramas are a neighborhood institution with people looking forward them.
On a related note, costumes meant for small dogs fit plastic pink flamingos pretty well.Sweet revenge?