It may make a difference
I am the “new kid on the block” in my community only living here a five years (in comparison to many neighbors who built here forty to fifty years ago). My half-acre lot is host to several flower and vegetable gardens, where I relax and contemplate life.
Several months after moving in, I was in the yard wresting with weeds so tall… I couldn’t see the tops. A neighbor driving his tractor past the house hollered at me to attend the homeowner association meeting. I smiled and waived and thought to myself, “why on earth would I do that?”
Two years later I learned why I should have become involved, as our community was ripped apart by a bitter lawsuit and very un-neighborly behavior. The board members (and their spouses) found themselves in a new community role, that of “defendant”. Neighbors stopped speaking to one another; there was even a death threat. My beautiful respite became a battleground. All it took was one disgruntled homeowner to set World War III in motion.
Had I known I would involuntarily become party to a lawsuit, I think I would have been a little more pro-active in understanding my homeowners association early on. If you live in an HOA, you should take some time to understand more about it.
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