Owners Burned Out Of Their Homes Will Get Just Ashes for Christmas

As one pans the landscape of Homeowner Associations, it’s difficult finding a real reason to respect them. The latest story comes from reporter Ricado Gandara of the American Statesman. He recounts the tragedy of Tellmon and Jaquelyn in their 80’s, who’s condo was destroyed by a fire a year ago in Texas.

Still, they must keep up their payment their HOA fees, currently 561 dollars a month.

Condo owners in a large townhouse complex in Las Vegas could certainly find a reason to be sympatic. Their complex burned two years ago. Insurance companies promptly paid nearly one million dollars to the manager but work has never been to restore their neighborhod.

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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