My question involves real estate located in the State of: California
So my hoa lost a battle last year with me regarding a flag pole my son and I put up and they hate me.
So now, they are going after me for a small yard fake animal (a rat) that was put up before Halloween a couple of years ago and left on the mail box because when we where taking down all the Halloween decorations the mail carrier like it and so after talking to him, we left it out.
Letter is a hearing that states "failure to remove stuffed rat from atop the mailbox"
The CC&R's 15.2.16 states, "All structures within the Project shall at all times be maintained by their respective Owners in a clean, first-class and properly painted condition."
They say they'll fine me up to $100 for first violation, $100 for second and third $200 and continue fines until cured.
Need some help in fighting this if there is any way, at the least make it miserable for them.
First that I noticed is that they gave me notice less than 10 days before hearing.
Second, I drove around and took pictures of other owner's mailboxes that look like hell; rusted, paint weathered etc. Mine is newly painted but yep, has a stuffed rat glued to it. Totally selective.
Also, lots of other owners have lots of little yard animals of all kinds of material all over the place; I'm not the only one with yard things.
I've researched some things and need help on this; It doesn't seem to fit what they are trying to hit me up with a fine for and clearly are going after me for the flag pole loss.
Is this fight hopeless?
At the very least, I'd like to make it miserable for them
Regards and thanks