On the flip side and a bit of sarcasm...We have an individual in our community that has racked up over $15,000 in unpaid dues...and she rents her unit!
Isn't it the owner of the home's responsibility to pay the HOA dues, not the renter? I used to rent a townhouse in a community with an HOA (who were quite wonderful people actually and even commended myself and my ex-husband for the help we provided the neighborhood in cutting down trees that had fallen on houses after a hurricane), and the dues were the responsibility of my landlord. I could not be evicted solely on the basis that she had failed to pay her dues (which were included in her mortgage, so there was no fear of that). Had she not paid her dues and they were to have started foreclosure proceedings, it became the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that I had somewhere else to go. On her own dime.
Another unit's garage is filled with junk and they leave their door open all the time.
I'm curious - does this affect you personally? I mean, is the junk causing a disturbance, such as over flowing into the street, attracting pests, producing foul odors, etc? If not, is it really
that big of a deal? And has anybody asked them if maybe they need help organizing the junk? They could possible be at a loss as to where to start, as not everyone is skilled in the art of organization. A little human interaction can go a long way in the world, instead of just a stock letter saying "You're breaking the rules!"
Don't forget the pack of dog owners that have turned one area into a dog park which now looks like polka-dotted lawn thanks to piss.
Again - aside from the polka dotted lawn - the effect? Instead of complaining, what about compromising? My neighborhood did so with the city, and a tract of green land that sits on a street a few blocks away was turned into a dog park. The people who wanted it were required to raise the money to put up the fences (and they had to fit with the architectural history of the neighborhood, not just some old chain link) and to buy grass seed that thrives in heavy traffic and acidic environs. So instead of complaining, especially if this area is empty space, how about getting together with the dog owners and coming to some sort of agreement that will benefit all involved? The dog owners get a place for their dogs to socialize, and the community can set rules as to where that space will be and who will take care of it, fund it, etc.
I can understand both sides of the issue. HOA's can be great and they can be annoying. Home owner's themselves can also be great or horrid.
Diversify - learn not to just tolerate, but to live with others in an environment that is peaceful and enjoyed by all.