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Mr. Ehrlich promotes the same old Pollyanna-like fantasy world that the CAI does...Implying that by 'speaking up, sending emails, going to meetings' a homeowner can be 'heard' and be part of the great democratic process. When in fact, in a great many 'communities', there is NO pretense of anything remotely approaching a democratic process - and all it serves to do is to paint a bright target on the speaker so they can be singled out and made 'an example' of to keep everyone else in line. The fines the Board and its kangaroo court levy so heavily don't have to be valid - but just try to fight them and it can easily cost 100X more or ultimately your home. And those elections don't have to be 'real'...nor is the Board held in any way accountable for any myriad of abuses short of overt criminal acts. That's the 'reality' of these 'communities'.
I lived in one - never again. Instead of fighting tooth and nail against any form of regulation the CAI really should try to concentrate on self-regulating and helping to pass sane laws preventing Homeowner abuse. Because in these times, with everyone connected and easily able to access the thousands of HOA horror stories that they try
So mightily to sweep under the rug, I think the time is coming when you won't be able to give away a home in an HOA. I promise you already couldn't give me one. May 25, 2011
This article is somewhat balanced - but gives you no hint of the actual Dante's Inferno level of HELL you may have bought into buying that 'dream home' in an HOA. It doesn't tell the reader, for instance, that you don't actually have to BREAK any rules to be screwed...if you are accused of breaking a rule that's simply enough, considered proof enough - you must pay the massive fine and consider yourself lucky that the kangaroo court didn't take you to real court and try to get every penny in your accounts, plus the kid's college fund. It is as the Board says it is - and shut up and die if you know differently, you're out of order and you may be next....It doesn't mention that plans can be approved and additions or fences builtt- then the Board can change their mind and order you to tear it down, or come in and do it for you while fining you massively for getting their ire up. Both scenarios are not infrequent. Doesn't tell you that some Boards and management companies figure in 6 figures in fines into the budget and for 'bonuses' for the management company...nor that they treat you with never-ending scorn, figuratively thumbing their noses and dropping their pants to wag their hairy butts at you at every opportunity....doctors and business owners, professors and anyone 'not connected' with the legal profession or some type of CAI -sponsored profession are often made to feel like pond scum and open checking accounts for the gain and amusement of those 'in power'...Been there, done that- it's far healthier to live outside 'The Concrete Curtain'. Take it from someone who fled a $750K 'Dream Home' for one worth less than half as much back in America - freedom from abuse is PRICELESS. May 25, 2011