( A classic book and movie.)
Ventura County Star reporter Anna Bakalis has a fascinating story about a Homeowners Association ( HOA ) in Simi Valley that is set on banning playing outside, bike riding, complaining to vocally about the board, and more. It would be funny if it wasn't really happening. You have to read the story.
Have you ever lived in a HOA ? I lived in one that was exceptionally well run. If you are looking to buy a condo in Simi Valley I highly recommend Coventry Court.
But what most of us remember is the problems with HOA's. It strikes me as odd that an area that prides itself on minimal government keeps building more and more mini-governments.
I understand that they can protect property values but is the trade off worth it? It reminds me of this quote from Ben Franklin:
"Those willing to give up a little liberty for a little security deserve neither security nor liberty."
I am going to share some funny stories about HOA's and then it is your turn. What has been your experience with HOA's? Do the many benefits outweigh the potential problems? Do we only remember when they go awry?
Here are some fond memories:
1. Our flag pole was too tall. We took it down.
2. No parking in your own driveway. But parking on the street totally fine, even though it was a bit dangerous as it was a corner people came around quickly.
3. Board members are not required to abide by the same rules as everyone else.
Do you have some crazy stories? Feel free to include or omit the name of the HOA.
Can you see how any of their actions in the story are justified or explainable?
( Star Reporter Anna Bakalis)