HOA Halloween Jerks!

Crazy, how HOA Amerika has become so fascist.

This HOA in Silver Spring, Maryland has decided that one homeowner goes a little too far in her decorations. The kids in the neighborhood absolutely love it when this homeowner puts out her annual Halloween display. But this HOA does what HOAs do. They sue. They ‘farm’ certain homeowners to find cases to refer to their chosen law firms. They figure that ‘farmed’ homeowners will surrender, pay the fines, the jacked-up legal fees and excessive collection costs.

It’s all about money. Follow the money.

This kind of neighborhood retaliation should be illegal! It’s unconscionable.
But these lawn Nazis know no bounds.

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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 “HOA Halloween Jerks!

  1. rto

    Back in 2007, Silver Spring, Maryland, privatized its formerly public places, allowing the private developer that operated the city to suspend constitutional rights.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/20/AR2007062002354.html

    Public or Private Space? Line Blurs in Silver Spring

    By Marc Fisher
    Washington Post
    Thursday, June 21, 2007

    In just seven years, the new downtown Silver Spring has become a bustling restaurant scene, a business center and a public gathering spot popular with all ages.

    Except maybe we should reconsider the “public” part.

    Chip Py, a longtime resident of Silver Spring, recently returned to an old interest in photography. While wandering through downtown after eating lunch there last week, he took out his camera and started to take shots of the contrast between the tops of the office buildings and the sparkling blue sky.

    Within seconds, a private security guard was at Py’s side, informing him that picture-taking is not permitted, no explanation given.

    “I am on a city street, in a public place,” Py replied. “Taking pictures is a right that I have, protected by the First Amendment.”

    The guard sent Py to the management office of the Peterson Cos., the developer that built the new downtown. There, marketing official Stacy Horan told Py that although Ellsworth Drive — where many of the downtown’s shops and eateries are located — may look like a public street, it is actually treated as private property, controlled by Peterson.
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    Just think of it as an H.O.A. corporation, but on a city-wide scale. If you want to imagine it on a nation-wide scale, watch season 2 of Jericho.

    It’s another example of what Evan McKenzie called “repressive libertarianism,”

    where certain people who call themselves libertarians invariably side with property owners who want to limit other people’s liberties through the use of contract law. Property rights (usually held by somebody with a whole lot of economic clout) trump every other liberty….As private corporations take over more functions of government, this position could lead to gradual elimination of constitutional liberties.

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  2. Jim Haynie

    HOA have hit our small town. Looking for ways to turn the members on the boards. Your articles are very helpful

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    1. Ward Lucas Post author

      Hi Jim, get my book, Neighbors At War: The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association. It’s getting bombarded by five star reviews. The first step is to wake up every homeowner. Show them the many ways HOAs and especially their management companies steal money from homeowner in some of the most unconscionable ways. If you can wake up the whole neighborhood to the kind of organized crime that runs through the entire HOA Movement, you could be the first HOA in the national to have totally protected you neighbors against the crimes that are ruining neighborhoods across the country. Be bold. It’s the only way we have a ghost of a chance of controlling this rapidly growing cancer.

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