How many times has a board member come up to you and say, “Hey, see you’re building an addition? You know, you need to submit a request for approval before you do anything. Come on down and let’s talk about it?” Or, “Our landscapers will be coming by on Thursday to reset the sprinkler timers.”
Why not? Because it’s the board’s mentality: “Because we can” and “Because we don’t have to.” This mentality develops, based on my long history in seeking justifications for many outrageous acts by HOAs, from long term indoctrination into hair-splitting the laws and covenants, a parsing of the laws, in the best interests of the HOA. Of course, coming from the HOA attorneys. And there are no other rational and legitimate reasons for doing so, or not doing so, especially when good faith conduct is required of officers and directors.
What ever happened to “HOAs create pleasant, harmonious, carefree living, and democracy at work?” What ever happened to social graces? Good neighbors? And common friendship? I think that the problem lies with recourse to the CC&Rs that must be enforced at all costs got in the way.