Ah Oh! Dry Udders On The Cash Cow!

guest blog by Nila Ridings

Moo! Boo hoo! Listen to the whining in the Levy Court in Kent County, Delaware! 5-10% of the homeowners are late paying their dues and HOA bigwigs want the Legislature to take action against them.

Perhaps I can shed a little light on why some homeowners stop paying their dues.

My maintenance-provided HOA in Kansas allowed the siding on my townhome to rot to the point the electric meters fell off my house during a rainstorm. Water sprayed out of the breakers in the electrical panel creating a flowing “river” through my basement. When my HOA refused to make the repairs, that constituted a breach of contract. After a two year battle to force this HOA to obey its own covenants, they still do not perform their duties! I can fully sympathize with the stress, financial loss, and the interior damage some homeowners suffer.

Why, oh why do homeowners have to go through years of legal battles trying to get HOAs to live up to their responsibilities? Of course homeowners stop paying their dues! Who is dumb enough to pay $3,000 per year for water, sewer, and trash pick-up?

Kent County Commissioner Eric Buckson doesn’t think it’s a good idea to increase government intervention in non-government affairs. I bet not! That could possibly give HOA members access to their United States Constitutional Rights!

Abused HOA members have been screaming for help “until the cows come home.” Note to Delaware HOA members: Keep those cow bells ringing!

(click here for Kent County story)


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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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