As long as they follow all the rules, covenants and bylaws set forth for the community they're in the clear. The HOA board sets said rules etc and as long as they are within legal parameters they're within their right to do so.
Now if said rules and penalties are not being applied equally or with prejudice, that's a different story.
As newbies to the area, we had serious issues regarding vindictive neighbors reporting us to the HOA for an multitude of alleged violations. We consulted 2 attorneys and from those meetings, well basically, when you sign those documents at closing - yeah, you basically sign away your constitutional rights to the HOA. We attended meetings and attempted to get involved but being the newbies and already black-balled...not gonna happen. We sold after 2 years and will never own in an HOA ever again.
The HOA's differ in their duties and scope of power depending on where you live. Texas HOA's seem to have a lot of power and are very expensive.
I was a VP once and a Treasurer in a Midwestern state and it was nothing like what we have here. We charged $48 a year. Not $480. We had covenants but they weren't obsessively picky, they were general and addressed general things. No one got cited for where they put trash cans the day before pick up.
They have too much power here. I'm guessing they are widening their scope of influence as time goes on and now they are into everything.
I know someone who sent in a sample to get cleared for a paint job on their home 2 mos ago and still haven't heard back. They painted anyway. That's another issue, consistency is not their forte.
No, HOAs are not consistent. They nab one citizen and let obvious infractions go on and on. They appear to target one home and keep going at them again and again.?
The crucial word you used is "appear."
It "appears" that is what's happening but it's not. Just because you don't have the visibility to know what's going on behind the scenes does not mean nothing is happening. You should know that everything that involves attorneys takes quite some time.
What Kingwood village was that in? You actually went before a judge over and over for deed restrictions? I find that impossible to believe.
I never said it was in Kingwood. It was in Katy and yes we went to court to enforce our rules. We could have foreclosed on a house for failure to pay dues for 5 years. We would have won too. However, the threat of foreclosure got them to pay up.