If you live in Florida long enough, you’re likely to have to deal with an HOA. My dream is to win the Mega Millions and buy my own island. Then I can mow my lawn when I’m good and ready to mow it. Yeah, there might be a story there.
Here’s some stats compiled by Cinch Home Services.
- Parking was the most common citation issued by homeowner associations (HOAs) as well as the most expensive, costing an average of over $200 per ticket
- California was the state where homeowners complained the most about their HOA (Florida HOA complaints was second most)
- Nationwide, Americans pay their HOA an average of $286 per month in dues
- Snyderville, UT was the city with the highest monthly dues in the US
Homeowner associations, or HOAs, were originally designed to create desirable living spaces for residents. But have they become an outdated relic of neighborhoods past? One thing’s for sure: Lots of people don’t like them. As housing prices continue to increase, many people are reluctant to pay a monthly fee on top of their rent or mortgage, particularly to an organization they don’t agree with. Additionally, people may have to pay even more to their HOAs for citations and fines.
We looked at conversations about HOAs online as well as at Redfin housing data to determine what makes an HOA unacceptable to its residents and the locations of the worst ones. Specifically, we looked at the reasons homeowners are being punished, how they feel about their boards, and how much they’re paying for an HOA. Read more of our findings below.
Crime and punishment
To begin, we looked at all the different reasons HOAs issued citations to their members. We also determined the average amount homeowners had to pay for each infringement.