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DEAR BENNY: I am currently the president of the board of our homeowners association (HOA), which has 11 houses. There is an ongoing conflict that seems unsolvable. There is a large common area behind seven of the houses that is approximately 300 feet long and 60 feet wide that has beautifully maintained trees, bushes, small plants and an artificial stream that "runs" the length of the common area. The problem is the other four houses do not have access to the large common area, but the high maintenance cost is taken out of the HOA reserves that all 11 homeowners pay into. As you can imagine, owners of the inaccessible homes are continuously complaining about paying for something they do not have access to, causing an "us against you" mentality in our otherwi...