For many California residents, home ownership continues to rank high on the list of what it means to live the "American dream." The sense of pride in ownership coupled with the security of having one's own refuge from the world can, however, be challenged if a dispute arises between the homeowner and the homeowners association. The biggest area of controversy regularly revolves around choices a homeowner makes or wishes to make regarding architectural or landscaping changes. Although membership in an HOA is not voluntary, there are rights a homeowner retains and options that may be pursued when problems arise.
Homeowners' associations govern communities throughout California, and their covenants and rules sometimes inspire legal battles. A man living in one in another state has been battling his HOA for two years. His latest motion filed with his local court demands dismissal of the HOA's case. He also wants $1 million in damages for racial discrimination and family stress.
Many California residents choose to live in planned communities with strict homeowner association rules covering issues ranging from the color of front doors to what type of vehicle owners can park in their driveways. These rules are designed to protect property prices and prevent unruly property owners or tenants from disrupting the community, but they sometimes prompt bitter disputes and protracted legal battles.
Some homeowners in California and other states have a love-hate relationship with homeowners' associations. HOAs can help maintain the appearance of a neighborhood, but disputes sometimes escalate and result in long, drawn-out battles. The latter is exactly what's happening with one man who has been having issues with his HOA over a shed on his property. He is now facing the possibility of jail time if he doesn't pay more than $3,000 in attorney fees.
Nothing is worse on your vehicle than potholes and shoddy roads. When you move into a California neighborhood, you expect those things not to be present, especially if you become the member of a homeowners' association.