I represented a couple in a Homeowners' Association in a neighborhood in Austin and their story is a reminder of how absurd and ridiculous HOAs can be.
The couple had a beautiful garden in their backyard. Since their fence for their backyard that ran along a major road was an iron fence, everyone could see their beautiful garden. The couple wanted to build a cute little "playhouse" cottage, complete with gingerbread and tastefully painted in a dark green with white trim.
They followed the rules and contacted the architectual committee. They were ignored. They contacted them again. They were ignored again. So they built their tasteful little "shed". Within a week of going up, the couple received a letter from the HOA stating that since they did not get approval, they had to take it down.
Draconian? Yes. Absurd? Even more so. The HOA had no leg to stand on. Initially they asserted that no "shed" could be in the back yard ever.
The CCRs also known as Deed Restrictions created by the developer stated that any "shed" had to be approved by the architectual committee. They tried but the architectual committee ignored them.
After threats of legal action, the HOA capitulated. The couple re-applied to build the shed and were approved. It was all so unnecessary. Like Kenny Rogers said, sometimes you gotta fight to be a man...