I owned a condo for 9 months. I actually lived in it for 7 months. HOAs are evil. Homeowners Share The Pettiest Complaint They've Received From Their HOA
The first example: A Dallas ice storm broke a tree which destroyed a fence at 3AM. At 6AM the homeowner got a notice of violation given that The Rules required a fence. NO EXCEPTIONS!
So I sued the HOA, the president of the HOA individually, and the chief enforcement officer individually for violating several state laws. They tried to back down. I refused until the entire HOA board agreed to resign and sign a permanent injunction against ever being on our HOA again.
That isn't the worst example, though it sounds like a satisfying outcome.