Homeowners associations often get trashed for being overly bossy with homeowners, and the latest Big Brother scandal to make headlines is no exception: An HOA in Auburn, CA, is demanding that residents keep their garage doors open. That’s right, go ahead and show off this greasy, grimy armpit of your home to all your neighbors, guys!
The internet got to scratching its head over this odd policy soon after the Auburn Greens Unit 1 HOA issued residents a letter demanding that they leave their garage doors up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday—or else they face a $200 fine.
According to board member Norma Brewer, this new rule came about after the HOA discovered that one resident had allowed people to live in his garage, which is against HOA rules. As a result, the board decided that the best way to crack down on illegal garage residency was to force everyone to open up.
Many residents caved to this mandate, grumbling, while others pushed the limits of what “open” means by leaving their garage doors ajar just a crack. But some, like Shally Ia, outright refused.
“I have nothing to hide,” Ia told Fox News. “I understand somebody had people living in the garage. I don’t. I am following the rules.” She’s even willing to pay the $200 fine rather than have to move all her stuff out of her garage.
What’s a garage good for, after all, if not to stash crusty old paint cans, neglected basketballs, and other castoffs…