Many homeowners moving into a townhouse development for the first time are surprise to learn that many things they used to take for granted in their single-family home on the old cul-du-sac are now restricted by covenants of the homeowner's association (HOA).
Your home owner's association exists to help establish a set of norms for your neighborhood. The association can set numerous rules, including what color you can paint your front door, what animals you can keep in your yard or what type of trees you can plant. It serves to provide services to the community and to protect the property values of your neighbors' homes. However, when rules jump from from specific direction to discrimination, you have grounds to sue.