Rats in Common Area - HOA denied excavation***Edit: I didn't mean to use "excavation" in the title. I meant "elimination"Hello,I have an interesting dilemma. My house is adjacent to our neighborhood common area, which is a protected desert area. The HOA has "fiduciary responsibility" to maintain this area. In 2011, pack rats infested the area and caused damage to a vehicle parked in my driveway. The HOA board voted to approve rat removal and the problem was solved. In August 2013 the pack rats infested once again. I notified the HOA board immediately, with pictures of the debris being piled along the side of my home that the rats were bringing in from the common area. I waited two months for a response. In October 2013 I notified the HOA Board that now the rats were causing damage to my A/C unit. Still no decision was made to excavate the rats. Finally, last night on November 18 2013 at our meeting, the HOA board informed me that they are denying my request to remove the rats, saying they sought legal advise and the opinion of the attorney was "removing the rats once didn't work, therefore the HOA is not responsible to remove them again." Now I am forced to live with a rat infestation that I have no control over. As a homeowner, I don't believe I am not even legally permitted to have the rats removed myself since the common area belongs to the HOA. My question is: do I have legal recourse? One would think that the board approving the rat removal in 2011 would make them responsible for removing them in the future as well.November 19 2013 - Avondale00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.