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Good job we're moving.A few weeks ago it was discovered that the house belonging to the lady who just happens to be the Chair of the Homeowners' Association (all powerful neighbourhood Nazis here in Texas - they censor you if you paint your garage door the wrong colour) was discovered to be a "Mary-Joanna" grow house.  The lady had rented it out to someone else I hasten to add.This morning, someone in A Toyota Camry (some getaway vehicle, right?) comes racing down our street, followed by three marked police cars, one unmarked police SUV and four tow-trucks (they come in swarms around here) and a police helicopter overhead.  The dumbass being chased drove right down our street and into the cul-de-sac at the end.  Guess where he's headed?

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the Homeowners' Association (all powerful neighbourhood Nazis here in Texas - they censor you if you paint your garage door the wrong colour)

Which is kind of weird, if that's not a manner of self-expression I don't know what is, I thought americans were all about their right to freedom of expression?

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In this context, what is a subdivision?

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Yeah I was wondering that, guessing it's a group of streets or something.

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I assumed so but I thought in the states that was known as your (neighbour)hood. All sounds a bit Orwellian. 

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A subdivision is a neighbourhood, an estate, a housing development, call it what you will.

And the neighbourhood nazis enforce all the rules.  You buy a house in our subdivision?  You follow our rules or we take your house away (no BS).  Our hoped-for new subdivision even has a "no palm trees" rule because someone decided they look cheesy.ohhh sure I'm just looking forward to the next HOA AGM - I'll be sitting front and centre with my "Cheech and Chong" t-shirt on Smile

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It hadn't occurred to me, but I guess somebody must be enforcing a 'no palm trees' rule here in Stockport too. 

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I'm all for a no trees rule. This is what happens when you park your new car under them:

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And the neighbourhood nazis enforce all the rules.  You buy a house in our subdivision?  You follow our rules or we take your house away (no BS).  

In what way is that legally enforceable? It's a privately owned property, I don't believe there's any provision in US law to allow that. Under whose authority do they govern? I'm all for gun control but if anyone tried that on me there'd be some serious trouble...

Land of the free? They really don't understand irony do they?

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The_Lhc wrote:

Benedict_Arnold wrote:
And the neighbourhood nazis enforce all the rules.  You buy a house in our subdivision?  You follow our rules or we take your house away (no BS).  

In what way is that legally enforceable? It's a privately owned property, I don't believe there's any provision in US law to allow that. Under whose authority do they govern? I'm all for gun control but if anyone tried that on me there'd be some serious trouble...

HOA

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chebby wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:

Benedict_Arnold wrote:
And the neighbourhood nazis enforce all the rules.  You buy a house in our subdivision?  You follow our rules or we take your house away (no BS).  

In what way is that legally enforceable? It's a privately owned property, I don't believe there's any provision in US law to allow that. Under whose authority do they govern? I'm all for gun control but if anyone tried that on me there'd be some serious trouble...

HOA

Oh, so they've basically privatised the local council then? Unreal. The more I learn about America the worse it gets, I don't understand why anyone would want to live there? There doesn't appear to be any "freedom" at all!

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It hadn't occurred to me, but I guess somebody must be enforcing a 'no palm trees' rule here in Stockport too. 

 

hehe. funny.

(and I used to live in Romiley) Smile

 

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The_Lhc wrote:

chebby wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:

Benedict_Arnold wrote:
And the neighbourhood nazis enforce all the rules.  You buy a house in our subdivision?  You follow our rules or we take your house away (no BS).  

In what way is that legally enforceable? It's a privately owned property, I don't believe there's any provision in US law to allow that. Under whose authority do they govern? I'm all for gun control but if anyone tried that on me there'd be some serious trouble...

HOA

Oh, so they've basically privatised the local council then? Unreal. The more I learn about America the worse it gets, I don't understand why anyone would want to live there? There doesn't appear to be any "freedom" at all!

+1 - definitely not quite the "Land of the Free" they go on about...

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Benedict_Arnold wrote:
Good job we're moving.A few weeks ago it was discovered that the house belonging to the lady who just happens to be the Chair of the Homeowners' Association (all powerful neighbourhood Nazis here in Texas -

 

Whatever your views don't use the term Nazis so readily to describe a person/group or their actions in this situation.

Any concept or knowledge of what the Nazis did in our recent history would make any right thinking person avoid bandying about this term so readily.

I suggest you read up on 20th century history.

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Oh, so they've basically privatised the local council then? Unreal. The more I learn about America the worse it gets, I don't understand why anyone would want to live there? There doesn't appear to be any "freedom" at all!

I was suprised to read this...

"Other restrictions that may be enforced by an HOA: parking on street, landscaping approval or types of plants, garage door being open, fence restrictions, pool restrictions, erection of basketball hoops or tree houses, storage of boats and RVs, number of pets, age requirements of residents."

Thinking the bit about 'age requirements of residents' must be exaggerated or untrue, I searched a bit further and found this report from Las Vegas...

http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2011/may/20/feds-hit-las-vegas-hoa-age-discrimination-complain/

... it's insane!

You are quite right The_Lhc. Suburban America looks bl##dy terrifying!

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An interesting article on the subject of HOAs...

http://www.legalaffairs.org/printerfriendly.msp?id=657

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