I don’t know why I made this mistake. My error in judgment is inexcusable. But for some reason, I always thought that people from New Hampshire were a little more reasonable, a little more gentile in settling neighborhood disputes.
Now, I’ve discovered that folks from New Hampshire don’t have any more class or honesty than the rest of us.
A lady name Kimberly Bois planted a small plot of flowers in her yard. It was just a tiny garden in a townhome association. It couldn’t have attracted much attention. But her Portsmouth, New Hampshire Homeowner’s Association decided that Kimberly was in violation of neighborhood covenants, and they’re now fining her fifty bucks a day for trying to display some of nature’s beauty to her neighbors.
The fine is now up to $6000, not counting legal fees. But her HOA has every intention of ultimately taking her house if she doesn’t dig up and kill those wonderful flowers. The goal, of course, to to make every home in the HOA look identical, regimented, the kind of thing you’d see in front of the barracks of an average Army base.
There’s nothing about flowers in the bylaws. It was just an arbitrary decision by a board majority.
Bois says it’s not a happy place to live anymore. It just feels to her like a case of bullying.
Kimberly, a word to the wise: just get out of there! Your beauty and grace is wasted on these lawn nazis and their lawyers. The HOA system is not based on respect for traditional home ownership. It’s not based on raising the value of your home. It’s a legal scam where the lawyers insist on showing no mercy to covenant scofflaws. Keep each unit identical and file money-making lawsuits and foreclosures against every resident who tries to show any individuality. It’s all about finding an excuse for depriving you of your home equity. A perpetual cash machine for lawyers. No other explanation.
Kimberly, you’re needed elsewhere in a neighborhood where people actually love their neigbors and applaud their efforts to improve their homes and gardens. Get out before these parasites take you for every dime you own. Your talents, and your ability to bring about beauty is something that will be appreciated somewhere else.