Florida Pro-Se Homeowner Strikes Out…One, Two, Three Lawyers!

guest blog by Nila Ridings
Forget lawyering-up for Florida homeowner David Acosta.  He took the task of getting an injunction against Alaqua HOA on himself and Judge Marlene Alva ruled in his favor. Yep, the injunction against this maniac HOA bunch is on the record!
Acosta’s dues were in arrears so the HOA decided the best way to collect was to prohibit his family and friends from visiting him by calling the sheriff to have them arrested as trespassers!
David out-smarted three different law firms representing this Homeowners Association.  He got the judge to agree to let him pay his dues directly to the court  That fired up the HOA’s attorney who instructed the board to call a meeting and change the by-laws.  But Judge Alva ruled that meeting was illegal.
Acosta must have grown tired after swinging his bat at all these law firms.  He’s now hired an attorney and is suing for a settlement.  And I hope he gets a BIG one!  Six figures would be ideal.
Just for grins, he ought to sue the HOA attorney for malpractice, too.  And, David while you’re at it, go ahead and sue each board member for fiduciary failure!
Take em’ all down and send them off the field on a gurney!
This is one of the BEST homeowner WINS I’ve learned of to date!


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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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