Technically? A lot, or not much, depending upon the state. If a member fails to pay, in SOME states the HOA can foreclose on the house, with or without legal proceedings; in other states they can't. Or they can just sue.
I should point out that most homeowner's associations are in new developments, and Ben's house would need to have been "grafted in" to the HOA somehow; he should have signed a membership paper when he was signing for the house, but compared to all the other paperwork it's just a "sign and date here" form, so he might not have thought much of it.
Some ideas to consider:
- Evidently Ben doesn't know he's in a HOA, and thus didn't pay his dues.
- One of Peckensnif's minions is on the board and decides to "run him out of town" for being evil/etc/whatnot
- The new greenhouse wasn't okayed by the HOA, and now they are ticked about it.
- HOA is being formed and the HOA wants his land grafted in.
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