Another HOA Flag Lawsuit

Texas has legislation that prevents HOAs from harassing homeowners over their display of the American flag. But that hasn’t stopped the Forrest Lake Townhouse Association from suing homeowner Billy B. Martin over his flag. Martin says the HOA’s flag at the clubhouse was tattered. The board members wouldn’t do anything about it. So he put up his own. That’s when the HOA started fining him $200 a day.

The president of this Houston HOA, Jim Elswick, refuses to comment to reporters. Get used to it, folks. These guys are trained by their HOA lawyers to never respond. Still, as a lifetime investigative reporter I can tell that the phrase, “No comment,” most often means “liar, liar, pants on fire.” I used to love it when the bad guys turned to my TV camera and said, “No comment.” Just loved it.

In any event, this neighborhood is so torn up by nastiness right now, that Houston Police had to be called to preserve the peace at an HOA board meeting.

The board argues that Martin’s flag will lower property values in the Forrest Lake Townhouse Association.

Tell me this: Would you buy a home in the Forrest Lake Townhouse Association?

Nope. Not after this.

And THAT lowers property values!

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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.

2 thoughts on “Another HOA Flag Lawsuit

  1. Nila

    How ironic is that photo? Are they claiming that flying the American flag will depreciate property values but that broken curbing won’t?

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to take the money they are spending on legal fees to repair the curb and leave the flag?

    Ooops, how quickly I forgot, HOAs operate short on common sense and long on “free” money for lawsuits.

  2. KM

    So he’s one of these kooks who hangs the flag upside down? Ugg. Come on. He had me till I saw that stuff.


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