It’s good to see when mainstream reporters start recognizing the massive and growing crisis involving American Homeowners Associations. Still, it’s frustrating when they only tell part of the story.
In the story linked below, a single mom in Charlotte, North Carolina bought an HOA home and suddenly started getting hit with daily fines because her fence was ‘warped.’ No question, she says, it had to be fixed. But by the time she got settled in her new home, the daily fines, fees and legal costs totaled nearly 11,000 bucks. Welcome to your new neighborhood, Lady!
In any event, the reporter for WSOC-TV gets most of the story right. But he talks about the fact that HOAs are like ‘little governments.’ He doesn’t add the critical information that governments of any kind have a court system, a system of last resort. Homeowners Associations don’t.
They’re really not like ‘little governments.’ Unless you add the word, ‘fascist.’
Some day reporters will start getting it right.