Homeowners Association: Seven Houston-Area Horror Tales

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7. The Marine who couldn't fly the flag Mike Merola, a former marine, wanted to fly the Stars & Stripes outside his Cypress home. But his flagpole was 20 feet high and the HOA's limit was six feet. So they took him to court.

"Everyone is in support of displaying a freestanding pole," the HOA's lawyer said. "But what if someone wants to display a swastika? There may be future things that are offensive to one person and supported by someone else."

HOAs: Bravely Protecting America from Nazis.

6. The 83-year-old widow Wenonah Blevins, 83, bought a house in Champions but failed to pay about $800 in HOA fees. So naturally, the HOA brought in the deputies and kicked her out of the house even after she offered to write them a check.

The HOA moved to sell her house to pay off what had become a $3,756 debt with legal fees and penalties, but she sued in court and won a $300,000 settlement.

5. No burglar bars needed downtown You live on street level near Minute Maid Park. Maybe the security of some burglar bars might appeal to you.

Forget it. An HOA rejected one homeowner's bid to install some.

"I know it's not the most attractive thing, and I would love to not even have them, but with the crime and everything that is going on right now, I really don't see not having them as an option," the homeowner said. Read the fine print next time, pal.

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Richard Connelly
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