The HOA: Dynasties Of Dysfunction (part 2 of 3)
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guest blog by Donie Vanitzian, JD

THE GREAT WALL OF INEQUITY

Beige paint and potholes aside, artificially created communities undermine the social system as non-board member owners are relegated to positions of second-class citizenry, or in this context, second-class homeownership. Built into this artificial aura of community is an unspoken association ranking order that is arbitrarily decided by a few persons perceived to be oh-so-important. This ranking order frequently reflects the wishes of influential members rather than the merits of those elected to the board or the “real” majority. Such living environments promote exploitation of those under it. Here, an owner’s life can become subject to power-mad rulers with the means and ability to ruin and financially devastate them.

The HOA: Dynasties Of Dysfunction (part 1 of 3)
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guest blog by Donie Vanitzian, JD

In centuries past, an emperor could decide the fate of an entire community with nothing more than a nod of his head. Some believe a similar system exists today, but instead of one emperor there are boards of emperors who on a whim can decide the fate of an entire community of homeowners.

A quasi-judicial authoritarian panel is established — called a “board of directors” — which has an unmatched gift for political maneuvering. Directors don’t need campaign contributions to stay in power because association operating funds can be plundered at will. The unchecked controls to distribute, gather, and process ballot and proxy votes ensures the imperial board continues its reign. Like dynasties of old, homeowner associations can fall prey to a debauched mistreatment of its owners.

Wild Times in Southern Florida at Waterbridge Condominiums
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Egads, it’s just an average meeting of an average Condo Board. Some poor average shmuck who’s been insisting that the board repair the fire damage over his apartment gets taken to the cleaners. All the resident did was ask to see the Condo Association’s financial records…it seems there are no reserve funds to pay for the fire damage. The board president repeatedly tries to scratch this guy’s eyes out. Another former board president admits to a local TV crew that he’s harrassed and even pulled a gun on this same resident.

LOL! What a wonderful day it was when the video camera was invented!