The main complaints from homeowners associations


Homeowners associations can be fantastic for getting deadbeat neighbors to mow their lawns, maintain the community pool and clubhouse, and deter the woman across the street from painting her house a particularly noxious shade of neon pink. But they can also be a costly source of frustration for those who break their many, many rules.

The most common HOA fine is for improper landscaping, according to a recent Porche poll of over 700 residents of HOA communities. Porch is an online marketplace that connects homeowners and home improvement professionals.

“The most surprising thing about these fines was how stupid some of them were,” says Tori Rubloff, a project manager at Porch who carried out the survey. “If your trash comes out too early or you’re too excited about the holidays or just want to have a different shade in your exterior paint color, you can be fined.”

See some of San Antonio’s more absurd HOA rules in the gallery above.

There were more than 300,000 HOAs in 2016, according to Porch. They can be found in suburban neighborhoods filled with single family homes as well as city apartment or condo buildings.

The other most common fines were for taking out the trash too early or too late; inappropriate or untimely holiday decorations; owning a pet; badly parked vehicles; rental of rooms; and speed through the neighborhood.

HOA members have also been fined for things like adding a deck, patio, or fence without permission from the association; painting a house in an unapproved color; and pay HOA dues late.


About 29% of people have knowingly broken an HOA rule, according to the survey. During that time, more than half, 52%, did not pay an unpaid HOA fine.

Apartment renters were the most satisfied with their HOAs, at around 61%. This is despite paying the most to their associations, at an average of $ 310 per month nationwide. (This amount can vary widely depending on the building, the services included, and the location.) About 54% of single-family home owners and 49% of townhouse owners were satisfied with the associations. They paid an average of $ 251 and $ 230, respectively.

The majority of people chose to move into an HOA community because that is where the house they loved was located, 78%. The other main reasons were that it is safe, at 44%; guarantee that the land value of their house will not drop, to 41%; for leisure equipment, at 34%; and because it provides housekeeping services, at 32%.

“People don’t necessarily have to worry about certain landscaping, maintenance and the safety of the community because they will often have a security guard or a gate,” says Rubloff. “If you live in an HOA community, this is already taken care of for you. It’s very convenient.”

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