Owning a home is seen as an act of maturity and shows signs of dependability. Becoming a homeowner is an accomplishment and means that you have become part of the crowd who have made it to the ultimate dream.
The feeling of stability and security in a home is like setting the foundation for a future. It’s the beginning of new memories and the start of creating a legacy. But things don’t always turn out as planned, so what does that mean?
What happens when you’ve worked so hard for your dreams only for them to become a nightmare?
Your dreams and aspirations aren’t supposed to bring you havoc and turmoil. The following stories are real-life experiences shared by people who have dealt with strange circumstances within residential areas of home ownership.
Samantha’s safe space was her garden but as much as she loved cultivating plants, she had no idea where it would take her. She had excitedly spent thousands of dollars on rare and exotic plants for her front yard.
The Home Owners Association were not made aware of her plans when she started digging. It wasn’t long before they heard about her unauthorized landscaping and they fined her $5,000.
She ended up in court after not paying the money and was forced to get rid of all of precious plants.
To top it all off, the legal fees cost her an extra $10,000. That’s how she learned to always read the HOA guidelines before she started with any landscaping ideas.
Don’t Do It Yourself
John considered himself a skilled handyman who could fix anything. He never consulted a professional when he decided to equip his bathroom with a new shower and things soon turned south.
The entire house was flooded after the pipes burst and his insurance company wouldn’t help pay for the damages. They informed him that he had been negligent.
John started over after selling his home, knowing that he would never do a professional job alone again.
Overstepping On Halloween
Mary looked forward to Halloween every year and put a lot of effort into decorating her house with spooky props and displays.
One year, she decided to make a haunted house that attracted crowds to her quiet residential street.
She realized she had overdone it when the noise and traffic led to her neighbors being disturbed and threatening to sue her.
She put a stop to the festivities to avoid angering them more, but she has gained the reputation of being the “crazy Halloween lady”.
A New Puppy
Susan never anticipated how much havoc her new puppy would cause when she welcomed him home. Considering she lived in a semi-detached house, her neighbors heard and saw everything from outside.
They saw the holes the puppy had dug in the yard, witnessed him chewing on furniture, and were frustrated with his constant barking.
Susan soon heard from the HOA threatening to fine her if she didn’t keep her dog in check.
She thought obedience training would help but was proven wrong. She decided to cut her losses and moved to a neighborhood that was more welcoming to dogs.
Fourth Of July Fireworks
Tom was in his backyard with his friends on the Fourth of July when they decided to set off fireworks.
It was against the law of the city they lived in, but they were unaware of that. There was an explosion that ended up damaging his neighbors’ homes.
Tom was fined by the HOA and they told him to pay for the repairs, but that wasn’t all. The local police arrested him for possession of illegal fireworks. He was in jail for a night and tried to avoid a criminal conviction by hiring a lawyer.
Some would think that celebratory fireworks wouldn’t require such harsh punishments, but if neighbors call to complain, authorities have to take action.
Martha hardly got rid of anything and enjoyed collecting various items such as newspapers, magazines, and other things.
Her neighbors noticed the clutter and the smell and complained about it.
Martha refused to let the social workers in when they tried to help, threatening them with legal action if they forced her to clean anything.
Her house was eventually condemned when the city health department stepped forward. Martha was left with nothing. We learn here that some neighbors care more about property than about people.
Raging Pool Party
Karen was part of a book club and enjoyed hosting pool parties for her friends. Her friend group grew but she had no idea that inviting them all one summer would lead to chaos.
The neighbors called the police and stated that Karen’s guests were drunk, loud, and disruptive. The noise and pool damage were enough for the authorities to fine her.
What made matters worse was her boss finding out about the situation and fired her for being unprofessional.
Karen was understandably upset because she felt she was allowed to do what she wanted in her time outside of the office. She also felt that her boss had invaded her privacy. She learned that a quieter lifestyle would be best.
It had been raining for months and someone’s home eventually flooded. The drainage around the property hadn’t been constructed properly so the gallons of rainwater were collected by the paving.
They needed to drain the water but nothing seemed to help. Everything became damp and mosquitoes soon flew in. There were millions of them.
After so many people were bitten, it was decided that the neighborhood should be evacuated.
The Homeowners Associated sued the homeowner for the damages to the neighborhood, stating that they had not maintained his property correctly.
This particular homeowner loved barbecue but had no idea what was coming their way.
He purchased an electric barbecue grill that was considered to be one of the best, not realizing that it had an electrical fault until it was set aflame.
The situation grew dangerous and some guests were injured trying to help and protect others. There was extensive damage and the neighbors were not happy about their losses.
They sued the homeowner before he was fined by the municipality for having an uncontrolled fire on his property.
The DIY Disaster Duo
An artsy homeowner couple Darryl and Shayla wanted to save money on repairs, so they decided to do all the work themselves. He bought all the materials at a Home Depot and set to work.
However, they had no idea what they were doing, and their attempts at fixing things only made them worse.
The house became uninhabitable, Shayla fell through one of the floorboards one day and was badly injured. They had to move out ASAP. Darryl had to call a professional to repair his repairs.
They were fined by the HomeOwners Association for breaking the rules, and they were sued by the neighbors for damages. That’s the last time they use YouTube DIY videos. They are just not good enough for serious home improvement jobs.