Fred and I live in a very nice subdivision. Our part of the subdivision is gated and we pay HOA (Homeowners' Association) dues. Fred and I always pay on time and in full (this will come into play a little later on).
Now, the other night, our HOA board members had a meeting and one item in particular was voted on that has really "ruffled my feathers". (that's me putting it VERY nicely)
We have this one house in our neighborhood that is in foreclosure. The people never really kept a nice yard when they lived there (it was a minister from Minnesota's mistress and her no good teenagers) and they nor the bank have done a damn thing since they moved out. So, the house looks terrible. There are weeds that are about 2 feet high. But, we've heard that someone is very close to purchasing the house.
So, the HOA decided to use OUR dues to pay to have the property cleaned. This was not something that was voted on by the homeowners, but the board took it upon themselves to approve. Now, this makes me mad. Why should my dues go to pay to clean someone else's yard? I don't even do my own yard. We have a yard guy. So, should I just fire him and not mow my grass or pull weeds? Won't the HOA take care of me too?
It just blows my mind. At one point, they wanted to do a neighborhood clean up day of the yard. Again, we don't even do our own yard. Why would we go and do someone else's yard?
People are so concerned about the way the house looks. Who cares? I just tell people who come into the neighborhood that the house is in foreclosure and they say, "Oh, ok" and go on about their business. It just pisses me off! And I thought they said that it was close to being purchased. Obviously the potential home buyer isn't worried about its appearance.
Now if this were an elderly person or a disabled person, I wouldn't mind helping. But, I refuse to help people who don't help themselves.
And then yesterday the wonderful HOA sent out an email with a list of those who were delinquent on their dues and our names were on there! I was furious. I called the management company who handles our finances to make sure they had received our check and they had on August 1. So, why in the world is "SMITHWICK, FRED AND CAROLINE" on the list????? I don't want the whole neighborhood thinking that I don't pay my bills because I do. Ugh, HOA's!!!!