Our HOA is constantly threatening me and my neighbors over the most petty things. What can we do about this?
HOA's have broad authority over homeowners and the use of their property within a planned-unit-development, which may be made up of single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, or some combination thereof. State oversight of HOAs is usually minimal, although most states do have statutes that govern HOAs. However, unless a statute or the HOA's governing documents reserve a particular issue for decision by the homeowners, all powers are vested in the HOA's Board of Directors.
Because so much power is vested in the Board and its members with so little oversight, it is a common complaint of homeowners that HOA board members abuse their powers.
If you have been threatened by HOA board members, you can do the following: