September 24, 2019
More people are purchasing homes in neighborhoods governed by a homeowners association. While HOA rules aim to establish order and consistency in a community, many homeowners say they often feel bylaws are intrusive. “Nit-picky rules are often at the heart of HOA-homeowner tensions, which can make residents feel like they’re perpetually under someone’s thumb,” say researchers at home remodeling website Porch.com, which surveyed more than 700 homeowners on the topic.
Nearly a third of respondents to the survey report having knowingly broken an HOA rule, and 52% say they have refused to pay an HOA fine. The most common HOA fines, according to the survey, were due to:
- Improper landscaping.
- Putting trash out too early or bringing it in too late.
- Improper or untimely holiday decorations.
- Owning a pet (for condo and apartment owners).
Still, 69% of survey respondents say they are satisfied with the way their HOA manages their community. Many indicate they were not specifically seeking to live under an HOA when they purchased their homes.
The average monthly HOA fee is $251 for homeowners, $310 for apartment or condo owners, and $230 for townhouse owners, the survey finds. The most used amenities that HOAs offer, according to the survey, are swimming pools, parks, and playgrounds. Eighteen percent of respondents say they use these amenities at least once a month.
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