On the one hand, it’s great never having to pay for maintenance or repair on my air conditioner and furnace
I am still unsure if I like living under the dominion of a condominium association. Many family members and friends have complained to me over the years about how rough it can be owning a house where a homeowners association exists. I have heard stories of all kinds, with things like being charged for leaving a garage door open for longer than two hours or getting in trouble for using the wrong shade of brown on the exterior of your house. I figured that maybe these stories were exaggerated, or perhaps they were only characteristic of the worst HOAs in the country, and not the norm across the board. I can’t say anything about the rest of the country, but my first experience with something like a HOA hasn’t been great. Nearly all condominiums, at least apartment style condos inside large buildings, are under the rule of a condominium association. They function in nearly the same capacity of a HOA with many of the same rules and stipulations. However, since we are all in the same building, we get things like free water that you can’t necessarily expect in a house style condominium. They also cover all of the heating and cooling systems throughout the building. On the one hand, it’s great never having to pay for maintenance or repair on my air conditioner and furnace. On the other hand, I hate having to wait days at a time for one of their techs to arrive when I call about a serious problem. Don’t even try in July or you’ll be disappointed. I don’t hate the condo association, but I don’t love them either.