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Home Owners Association Power???? Mississippi

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  • Home Owners Association Power???? Mississippi

    I purchased investment/retirement property several years ago which falls in a Home Owners' Association (HOA) or Property Owners' Association. At the time of purchase I was advised that I did NOT have to maintain the "lot" until I cleared the woods from the lot. I was, however, responsible for the HOA annual dues eventhough I was not benefiting from the funds because I did not live in the neighborhood. I have made every payment for the HOA "dues" every year on time.

    Recently, the HOA decided that they could no longer use money from the HOA fund to cut private property lots (area from woods on the lot to the street) and began to make property owners responsible for cutting the area from the street to the "wood line". The HOA advised that they would NOT issue individual notifications to property owners that this grass was too tall, but they would cut this area and charge the owner $50.00 each time they cut this area. The HOA claims that to leave this area with tall grass, rodents, snakes and other unwanted animals would live there. Doesn't make sense, because these same animals will live in the woods just beyond the area the HOA wants maintained.

    Does the HOA have the power to come on my own property, cut the grass and charge me whatever they want without notifying me that the area needs cutting first? I've made arrangements for someone to cut this area, however, if it isn't cut by the time the HOA wants, the HOA cuts the area and expects me to fit the bill. Unfortunately I live over an hour away from this development and I am unable to maintain this area myself, nor do I have the resources. Is this even legal??

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    Ask them for a copy of the HOA by-laws and see what those say, and get back to us.
    I don't believe what I write, and neither should you. Information furnished to you is for debate purposes only, be sure to verify with your own research.
    Keep in mind that the information provided may not be worth any more than either a politician's promise or what you paid for it (nothing).
    I also may not have been either sane or sober when I wrote it down.
    Don't worry, be happy. is a good resource!