The jury is still out on the home owners’ association

I still don’t know about living under the dominion of a condominium association. Many family members complained to me over the years about how rough it can be owning a place somewhere where a homeowners association exists. I have heard stories of all kinds from them, with things like being charged for leaving your garage door open too long or even getting in trouble for using the wrong shade of brown on your mailbox. I always figured that maybe these stories were exaggerated, or perhaps they were only characteristics of the very worst HOAs in the country, & not exactly the norm across the board. I guess I can’t say anything about the rest of the country, however my first experience with this HOA hasn’t been great. Nearly all condominiums, at least condos inside huge buildings, are under the rule of a condominium association. These function in nearly the same capacity of an HOA with lots of rules & stipulations. Since we are all in the same building, we get free water and other things that you can’t necessarily expect in a regular condominium. They also cover all of the heating & cooling systems throughout the building. So on one hand, it’s great never having to pay for repairs for y A/C system & furnace. But then again, on the other hand, I don’t like having to wait for days at a time for an HVAC tech to come fix an A/C problem. Don’t even try to call them in June or July or you’ll be disappointed. I don’t really hate my current home association, although I don’t like them either.
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