Most HOA’s fold like a cheap suit when threatened with legal action. Hire an attorney and send them a nice note. Let them know you’ll be filing a suit against not only the HOA, but each member of the Board as well. See how fast the ‘Karens’ backtrack.
That depends on the state and local laws around the HOA. Ones in Florida and CA are particularly powerful.
HOAs need to be banned.
Most HOA's display the contract that the homeowner freely and willfully signed that clearly spelled out the rules he would abide by.
Don't like HOA rules? Don't live in a deed-restricted community.
It's that simple.
Any HOA that is run by even marginally competent people would not back down if the law and their governing contracts are on their side.
And the threat to sue board members individually is meaningless. HOA board members in every state where I've worked are indemnified against lawsuits ... so unless there is criminal activity or fraud involved, then they won't lose even one penny out of their own pockets. Not only that, but the HOA is obligated to pay their legal fees to defend themselves, too.