HooRay for Florida!!!

Boy, howdee folks, this here┬áColorado cowboy never thought he’d see this day. But it looks like another fascist HOA state has just dipped its little toe into the waters of a free man’s land.

Governor Rick Scott has just signed HB-7119 into law! This law isn’t terribly radical. It just requires that all Homeowners Associations (or common area maintenance communities) in the state get registered. They have to report their federal tax I.D. numbers, the number of parcels within their subdivison. Most radical of all? They have to report their mailing and physical addresses. Ah yes, and they have to report their annual revenues and expenses for each association.

Sounds suspiciously like Open Government, doesn’t it?

Guess who viciously opposed this bill and demanded that the governor veto it? Two guesses? OK, three guesses. It’s the HOA board members and the industry that manage the HOA scam. Somehow, financial transparency scares the crap out of these people. Somehow, transparency unravels embezzlement, extortion, kickbacks, and pay-to-play schemes.

There are some heroes who stood up to the many bullies in the HOA industry.

Jan Bergemann. God bless you.

Rep. Michael Larosa. God bless you.

Rep. Debbie Mayfield. God bless you

Sen. Alan Hays. God bless you.

And God bless the American people who are slowly waking up to what has to be one of the most massive financial scams in the history of our country.

Sadly, there’s still such a long way to go to bring freedom to all of our people.

Such a long, long journey.

But it begins with a step.

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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.

3 thoughts on “HooRay for Florida!!!

  1. shelly

    Yes, I don’t always understand all this. There are so many laws that require financial disclosure to all members yet director after directer won’t give the records out, like the records are sacred or something. In Utah the corporate law says ALL records shall be available to all members and board alike. Yet time and again, the board says, “its confidential” or that whatever excuse–and they won’t give out the records! It happened the other night at a board meeting–the new secretary wouldn’t let a BOARD member see how much everyone owed–saying it was confidential information. She absolutely did not understand the law. We are business partners and as such, have access to what everyone owes–that is not secret with business partners. Sigh. You have to reeducate every board member when they are elected! That is part of the problem. Reeducating them makes them resentlful.


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