A homeowners association is an organization in a neighborhood that makes and enforces rules within the community. Property owners automatically become members when they purchase a home within the neighborhood and must pay dues to the HOA. Some California HOAs are very restrictive about what a homeowner can do with their property.
Homeowners in California and throughout the country understand the importance of a properly constructed roof. One man got a notice from his HOA after making repairs to the one on his home after a hail storm. The resident was told that permission was required prior to making repairs and that the shingles were the wrong color. According to the association's rules, they needed to be an earth tone color.
The English wit G.K. Chesterton once observed, "We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor." While this may or may not be true, it sometimes seems that divine intervention is the only way to resolve disputes regarding a California homeowner's property rights coming into direct conflict with those of the next door neighbor.
If you live in a community with a homeowners association, you understand that these organizations can provide various benefits for those who live in the neighborhood. They can enforce rules that keep your neighbor's yard looking nice and prevent others from painting their homes odd colors that could affect the value of your own home. However, these organizations can sometimes overstep and infringe on the rights of homeowners.
In Chula Vista, California, abandoned cars can be towed if they aren't moved within 72 hours. Generally, police will mark the spot where a car was parked and leave a notice for the vehicle owner to move it within the allotted time. One homeowners' association in Montecito felt the need to remind residents that they don't own the parking spots in front of their homes.