Well, ya’ll, I was one of the first to predict this one!
Journalist Jeff German, who I’ve long said deserves a Pulitzer for his reporting on the HOA organized crime scandal in Las Vegas, came out with a big expose’ a couple of months ago. He reported that the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court had tipped off one of the biggest suspects in the FBI investigation of rigged HOA board elections and phony insurance mitigation work.
I think I’ve linked to this YouTube video before. It’s an oldie but goody, but it’s a perfect example of the kind of corruption that’s rotted out the core of America’s housing structure. Give an HOA member power over her neighbors and homeowners get threatened fined, sued, and stolen from. This board president is in charge of a half million dollar budget, and her husband is a longtime convicted felon. This board even hires a gun-toting felon to enforce its wishes against homeowners.
Whew! If you think you’ve seen it all, then take another look:
Just about anyone can have a fence around their pool in the Bucktoe Manor Homeowners Association, even without seeking advance permission. Anyone. Except those who are homosexuals.
Two young men requested permission to build a swimming pool and they put up a six foot fence, almost identical to many other fences in the subdivision. Neighbors who filed a lawsuit insisted that the gay couple’s fence would bring down their property values.
The judge issued a biting 18 page opinion that really is worth reading. It’s linked below.
You sure don’t see this kind of thing happen very often. But apparently, a board member in the El Dorado Community Improvement Association is so blinded by her own personal power-lust that just doesn’t get the fact that she’s hated by all her neighbors. She’s torn down political signs on private property, she’s gone after neighbors with backyard chickens, and land-based solar panels. Across the country, petty little people who get elected to HOA boards figure it’s their duty to be the top cop in the neighborhood.
That’s why life in so many Homeowners Associations is rancid.