California Bows Before CAI Racism!

This one is so amazing it’s not even amazing! I would even go so far as to call the California Legislature racist!

Assembly Member Donald Wagner introduced a bill to make the state’s Open Meetings law apply to the boards of Homeowners Associations. The CAI and its minions of lawyers and lobbyists descended on the Legislature like flies on a carcass. Only one member of the Housing Committee voted in favor of allowing homeowners to know what their boards were doing.

California has many homeowners whose English-speaking skills are limited. Under current California law, you’re not even allowed to bring an interpreter or representative to a board meeting.

Survey On Neighborhood Satisfaction

I originally wasn’t going to link to this survey written by Arizona Realtor Jill Schweitzer. Polling organizations like Zogby, which is often used by the Community Associations Institute, are famously flawed because of the leading questions asked by the survey. Still, because this website is in the business of educating clueless homeowners, I’ve reconsidered.

Take the poll. It can’t hurt. And who knows? It might educate someone.

(poll on neighborhood satisfaction)


Rich People Have More Rights!

It’s ugly to say it, but rich people really do think their rights are superior. At least, that’s what it looks like in drought-ridden Southern California. The entire southwest is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. Yet members of the Blackhawk Homeowners Association have been told to green up their lawns…or else!

There are new state laws that prohibit California HOAs from fining residents who have brown lawns. But do you honestly think the average Homeowners Association has any respect for state law?

California Homeowners’ Association Orders Residents To Add More Green To Lawns Or Face Fines Despite Historic Drought

Another Homeowner Loses Her Home To Auction

The main purpose of this blog has nothing to do with just ‘letting off steam.’ It’s to try to educate homeowners on the kind of power Homeowners Associations have. I get tons of email from people around the country who ask, “Can they really do that to me?”

The answer is, “Yes, they can. They are a completely unregulated power that has nothing to do with neighborhood improvement. It’s a warped process of trying to funnel your money to favored attorneys, collection agencies, brothers-in-law in the lawn maintenance business, and sometimes a little bribery and kickbacks. It’s about the money, it’s always about the money.”

Condo Cesspool In Vestavia Hills, Alabama

guest blog by Nila Ridings

“You’re just going to love living here in The Montreat COA!” says the real estate agent. “Well you will if it doesn’t kill you first!” That’s what she should have added to the sales pitch.