Advice for Dealing with a New Homeowners Association?

Advice for Dealing with a New Homeowners Association?

Tess Wilson
Oct 4, 2015

Q: My husband and I are looking to buy a house; in the Atlanta area, many of them happen to be in HOAs. I've never lived within one, and my husband's biggest complaint is overnight street parking restrictions. What other things do I have to look forward to (or potentially regret after we buy)? Thank you! -Sent by Darcy

Editor: Everything I know about homeowners associations, I learned from Gilmore Girls, but I'm sure our wise readers have plenty of experience to share! In the meantime, please enjoy this opening scene from "An Affair To Remember":

EMILY: It's simply disgraceful.
RICHARD: For years, we've had peace in the neighborhood.
EMILY: I knew the Richmonds were going to be trouble when they missed the block party last month.
LORELAI: I don't understand. They gave out full-size candy bars for Halloween. So what?
EMILY: Not full-size candy bars, Lorelai - king-size candy bars.
RICHARD: We've been giving out full-size candy bars for years now.
EMILY: And then those people move in and throw the entire balance of the neighborhood off. They made everybody look ridiculous.
RICHARD: It's very embarrassing.
EMILY: I think we have to do something about this - maybe go to the homeowners association.
LORELAI: Two Halloweens ago, someone painted the Duprees' Chihuahua orange and nobody went to the homeowners association then.
EMILY: Well, everybody hated Taco.

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