Homeowner’s Associations can be a good thing, but they can also be a very bad thing. Take this story for example:
AJ Vizzi of Odessa, Fl. purchased his home back in 1997 when it was perfectly okay for him to park his truck in the driveway. Mr.Vizzi even made sure of that with the HOA before moving in. He lived at his residence for a good nine years when, in 2006, the HOA determined that residents could no longer park their trucks in their driveways and proceeded to sue Mr. Vizzi for doing just that. Apparently, they didn’t know who they were messing with.
Mr. Vizzi was not going to take this situation lying down, so he countersued the HOA. In 2008, the judge ruled in favor of Mr. Vizzi and, one would think, everyone would move along their merry way. Well, the HOA appealed and it took another two years for the judge to rule in favor of Mr. Vizzi again while also making the HOA pay for the $187,000 Mr. Vizzi spent throughout the legal process. In total, Eagles Masters Association had to dole out $300,000 for a case they ending up losing. We have to wonder how much of that Mr. Vizzi, along with the other residents, will have to pay for in the form of increased association’s fees.