Our first experience with HOA was when we came back to MD in 1999. We were the community managers for a development. Talk about covenants ... and we were "the enforcers." Went from there to the farm ... ahhhh.
Now that we are downsized, this place has some rules and we were uncertain how that would go. Well, chickens ... and the rooster ... At the side yard, as regulars ... Oh, they BELONG 3 houses down. Makes for interesting conversation, fun to watch, and our dog has finally stopped marking at them. (The other place, that would be a fine ... The barking.)
And the fee ... $10 year.