Residents in Finley Farms, a large subdivision in Gilbert, had a recall vote on Wednesday and ousted the Home Owners Association (HOA) President and Vice President.
The Arizona Republic story reports that residents "were fed up with how their homeowners' association ran meetings and handled requests to change house façades…"
I served on my HOA's Board of Directors for two years, and can attest that it's a difficult, thankless job. I didn't run for re-election earlier this year due to not being able to give the position and home owners the time they require. The rest of my fellow board members, some *outstanding* people who ran one of the best HOA's I've ever seen, all chose to run again. And all were defeated, giving our HOA an entirely new board — that I haven't seen a thing from since; good, bad or indifferent.
HOA bashing seems to be a popular subject (just read the comments in the Finley Farms AZ Republic story, or any HOA forum out there). The problem I have is it seems the vast majority of people bitching about HOAs don't remotely attempt to do anything about it.
Some will say, "If you don't want to live in an HOA, move". That often isn't a viable option. But sitting back and whining about things clearly won't help. There are things that can be done. If you want to fix your HOA, then read your CC&Rs, run for the board, attend board meetings, speak at meetings, vote. If all that is too time consuming or irritating, spool up a grass roots effort and do what some of the residents of Finely Farms just did and affect some real change that way.