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Old 02-07-2019, 03:23 PM
 
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I didn't know where to post this question so i took a guess and chose here.

I currently live in an active 55 plus community in south Florida. I'm new. I moved full time here last may because my husband passed away (long story). Anyway I'm finding out many things about living in this community. And not good.

I understand rules are a must to keep this size community nice. But I'm getting a little frustrated. The stories I'm hearing are incredible. For instance, the president of a building ripped the bar code off of this ladies car because he thought she was renting illegally. Turns out she was renting while her apartment was being renovated in here.

I could go on and on with stories I've heard. Thank goodness I've been lucky with no incidents yet, but I'm waiting.

So my question is are all or most 55 plus communities like this? Because if not, I may eventually look elsewhere.

The good thing is that there are tons of activities here, especially now, and it is a well kept place. But it seems at a price that goes beyond the HOA fees.

Thanks for your opinion.
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:43 PM
 
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My apologies that I cannot speak for 55+ communities but I think each HOA in general is handled differently depending on who is in charge, let alone what the rules state. Is the board as over-zealous about barking dogs and noise as they are about possible illegal renters? Or do they just pick and choose what they like to enforce, turning a blind eye to other issues?
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:53 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I didn't know where to post this question so i took a guess and chose here.

I currently live in an active 55 plus community in south Florida. I'm new. I moved full time here last may because my husband passed away (long story). Anyway I'm finding out many things about living in this community. And not good.

I understand rules are a must to keep this size community nice. But I'm getting a little frustrated. The stories I'm hearing are incredible. For instance, the president of a building ripped the bar code off of this ladies car because he thought she was renting illegally. Turns out she was renting while her apartment was being renovated in here.

I could go on and on with stories I've heard. Thank goodness I've been lucky with no incidents yet, but I'm waiting.

So my question is are all or most 55 plus communities like this? Because if not, I may eventually look elsewhere.

The good thing is that there are tons of activities here, especially now, and it is a well kept place. But it seems at a price that goes beyond the HOA fees.

Thanks for your opinion.
I suspect that in any community with restrictions - resident rules you'll find a few people who happily take on the role of hall monitor/busybody. The actual rule might make sense but someone with an inflated sense of their own importance may take it as some personal crusade. Someone with nothing better to do with their time. The way you deal with it is vote the busybody out of office.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:15 PM
 
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Oh don’t even mention dogs. We can’t have ANY in my building. Not even for a visit. If someone needs a service dog they have to prove it extensively. You name it, there’s a rule.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:17 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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I think it's worse in 55+ communities though....too many people with nothing better to do than enforce the rules. My parents live in a 55+ community and some of the arguments and "report on others" is so ridiculous. My 85 year old father was actually freaking out that the tree he planted might not be the EXACT RIGHT SIZE and was out there measuring it every week. I mean....really.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:20 PM
 
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Yes that is my thought. I’m not too old yet. 65 with a young mindset. But because I’m now alone the activities are great. I was just wondering about other places. I looked on line and in
some other 55 plus the people rave about them. No raving here.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:24 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I think you just need to weigh the pros and cons for YOU. Are the things you enjoy worth the things you cannot tolerate?
You chose the community at the time, but you are also free to choose a different one, if you want.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:35 PM
 
Location: NC
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Problem is you never see the underside until you actually buy a property there. No one will tell you ahead of time that the hoa board is full of arrogance. Unless you already have a friend who has lived in that one exact hoa for years you will never know ahead of move in what kind of culture exists. It's tough probably to pick the right one for you, especially if you are a single person. We need a curated website that allows people to anonymously rate their hoa.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:51 PM
 
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Are there any single-family/detached homes in this community by chance?
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Old 02-07-2019, 08:09 PM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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Problem is you never see the underside until you actually buy a property there. No one will tell you ahead of time that the hoa board is full of arrogance. Unless you already have a friend who has lived in that one exact hoa for years you will never know ahead of move in what kind of culture exists. It's tough probably to pick the right one for you, especially if you are a single person. We need a curated website that allows people to anonymously rate their hoa.
Nobody ever wants to hurt their own property values. Doesn't matter if it's a 55+ community, HOA or non-HOA neighborhood, most people won't want outsiders to know the bad stuff.
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