Chapter 41 - Violence
March 08, 2013
There is now a generation of children that have grown up in a HOA or have experienced the problems their parents have had with their HOA. This is a generation that could take revenge on the HOAs.
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Chapter 42 - Morals, Ethics & Values
March 08, 2013
The moral imperative, intellectually, intuitively and socially knowing what is right and wrong, comprises the majority of people. There are some people, some board members, who know when something is morally wrong, but they do it anyway. If all board members lived up to the moral imperative of the majority, then there would be no inequities in neighborhoods.
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Chapter 43 - Garage Sales & Estate Sales
March 08, 2013
Most , if not all HOAs allow garage sales in the community, but they are usually planned and only allowed 1-4 times a year. By controlling when garage sales happen the HOA can make sure that "undesirables" are kept out of the neighborhood. This is also true of estate sales. Someone in the community dies and their heirs are left with the deceases home and personal belongings. The best and most expeditious way for the heirs to deal with this massive and painful act is to have an estate sale company come into the community to organize and sell the deceases belongings. Some HOAs are not sympathetic to what the family is going through. They don't want "undesirables" in their community.
Chapter 44 - More on CC&Rs
March 08, 2013
The CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Regulations) are a rule book for which the community must follow and the Board Members must enforce. The CC&Rs differ from community to community. In order to buy a home in a HOA the buyer must sign that they have read and understood the CC&Rs. Some rule books are just a few pages and some are hundreds of pages. Quite often the buyer is not given the CC&Rs until they sign all real estate and HOA documents.
Chapter 45 - Bullying & Harassment
March 08, 2013
Just about everyone has seen bullying, been bullied or has been a participant in bullying someone. HOA Board Members can legally bully homeowners because they have the CC&Rs and state law behind them. The word "reasonable" seems to be used often in HOA documents and is very subjective. This kind of bullying is very much like extortion.
Chapter 46 - Fears
March 08, 2013
Fear is one of the many symptoms someone with HOA Syndrome may experience. At the root is harassment which leads to fear, fear leads to stress, stress leads to physical and mental health problems. Scientific research indicates that one way to relieve stress is to put stress on someone else.
Chapter 47 - Why Doesn't the Government Intercede
March 08, 2013
Dr. Solomon believes that HOAs started with good intentions. The government thought they were doing good. But over time, legislators have been swayed by developers, management companies, collection companies, and HOA attorneys to give them more and more power over the HOAs.
Chapter 48 - Children
March 08, 2013
It is not unusual that the harassment from the HOA pits husband against wife. They argue. The children hear the arguing which in turn at stress to the child's life. Remember, stress causes illness. This can be very dangerous for a pregnant woman. The stress she experiences can be detrimental to her fetus/baby.
Chapter 49 - Punitive Fine Letters
March 08, 2013
Many HOA Board Members will say that a "friendly" letter is sent to the homeowner letting them know their light is out, they have a weed in their yard or they forgot to take in their trash cans. Most HOA violation letters are very punitive: you are on notice, you will be fined with references to the CC&Rs and state laws. These letters are intended to induce fear and hurt the homeowner.
Chapter 50 - The Ombudsman's Office
March 08, 2013
Many states have an organization called the Ombudsman's Office. This is a governmental organization that was created to help the HOA and the homeowner. Unfortunately, the Office has failed. Generally, there is just one or two offices in the state. It is difficult to speak with anyone. There is a lot of red tape one has to go through to file a complaint and the investigation can take weeks to years to be resolved. Another reason the Office has failed is that employees need HOAs and homeowners to be in conflict, their jobs depend on it.
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