Many homeowners, or renters, in Michigan balk at the idea of paying high HOA fees to live in their home, in a preferred neighborhood.

There are some folks that love HOAs. They can provide security, community standards for home and yard maintenance or snow & ice removal. Or maybe they ban pets or allow only certain pets, etc.

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Half the time, nobody wants to run for HOA board member or president positions either. It's a thankless job to enforce rules in a neighborhood.

A Michigan Bill Could Mean Less Power for Homeowner Associations in Michigan

Apparently, homeowners are getting fed up with restrictions that seem subjective to aesthetics in the neighborhood, but really are essential to living their daily lives.

Michigan Legislature has proposed a bill to limit HOA authority when it comes to certain home or efficiency upgrades like these:

  • Lawncare equipment or vehicle chargers
  • clothes lines
  • air source heat pumps
  • ground source heat pumps
  • insulation
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  • rain barrels
  • reflective roofing
  • energy efficient appliances
  • solar water heaters
  • energy efficient windows
  • energy efficient insulation materials
  • solar panels (rooftop, side of house, etc)
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The bill proposes the HOA's approval would not be needed for you to make the aforementioned changes to your property.

Paying HOA fees to annoy yourself?

All of the items above are commonplace for many non-HOA Michiganders. And save people a boatload of money over the course of time, too.

HOA presidents & board members receive electric and gas bills, right? They're not getting less expensive for anyone.

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It must be lording power over everyone's crazy fees and enforcing rules has gone to their heads?

There is simply no other reason you shouldn't be allowed to make upgrades and save money for your home, your family.

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