Dear Customer,I am sorry to learn of this situation.Unfortunately, the way that HOAs (or any other type of "common interest development" - ex. Condo Association
, HOA, etc.) works is through a set of "reciprocal easements
" - meaning that these are recorded obligations against each and every property that is part of the HOA.This means that while you have created reciprocal easements amongst yourselves to create the smaller "sub HOA" you are still bound by and between each of the properties of the larger "master HOA".Participation in the "Master HOA" is going to be governed by the rules and regulations of that larger association, and you will want to approach it as an individual institution and organization (focusing on it independently will help you address the problems rather than trying to picture it as some larger piece of your smaller HOA - they really should be dealt with individually).-To address the issue with the paint approvals, start with the larger HOA's architectural
design guidelines (or whatever your HOA calls these rules and regulations) - this will give you a clearer path for addressing whether or not the past practices by your sub-HOA have a basis to continue in the future, and if they do not, is there a way to propose a rule change (you may need to go through the formal amendment process to do so).-To address the payments to the Board President for activities direction, this is something you will want to address by proposing a change in leadership with the board (voting in new members to the larger board will reflect a change in control and perhaps a change in pay structure/employment for this function). It appears that the board is not hiding the fact that it is paying this individual for these services, so there is not an issue of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty here, but as you identified, it may not be the best use of the Association's money, you can change this by getting new members on the board. If you are unwilling to wait for a new election cycle, and you believe that the board is insufficiently representing the HOA's needs, you can attempt a recall, your governing documents will provide you with the procedure to do this.