Ah! The Whiners!

In days of old, when a neighbor was having a problem and couldn’t maintain his property because of disease, disability, aging, family emergency, bankruptcy, all the other neighbors would pitch in and help out. Well, don’t expect that in HOA Amerika.

No, these days it’s all about humiliating, fining, suing and foreclosing on the properties of the less fortunate. And the new leader of the anti-homeowner rights movement may be Gary Walsh, president of the Meadow Walk Homeowners Association in Sarasota County, Florida. His story is linked below.

Yep, ten percent of Meadow Walk’s homeowners are in the process of losing their homes in this ongoing recession. But whatever fast is, it’s not fast enough for Walsh. He wants the Florida legislature to fast-track the ability of HOAs to seize the homes of scofflaws. Damn their Constitutional rights, just take their homes, auction them off and put the proceeds into the HOA budget.

While Walsh complains that defaulting homeowners aren’t paying their fair share of the HOA budget, note carefully that Walsh complains about weeds on his neighbor’s property. Yet he has a tractor that he can use to help maintain his bankrupt neighbor.

What a guy!

What a guy!


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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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