The story from Sebring, Florida shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to people who study the Homeowners Association Movement. The Highlands County Homeowners Association has decided it is going to cease to exist because nobody in the HOA even cares to show up for meetings. Speakers who were brought in to educate homeowners about things going on in the community found themselves mostly talking to empty rooms. Officials of the association blame widespread apathy.
Well, I remember my Psychology 101 classes in college where we discussed the kinds of things that lead to apathy. Unresolved conflict, frustration, a feeling of helplessness (being bullied), and finally the long descent into apathy.
It’s textbook. It happens to voters. It happens to Homeowners Associations. But it may also be an interesting peek into the future of HOAs.
The American Homeowners Association Movement has long been out of control, led by neighborhood bullies, agenda-driven people getting themselves elected to the board. Once ensconced they begin targeting personal enemies and start diverting money away from homeowners and into improper pockets. Even people who are never targeted by HOA bullies watch the abuse and then begin shrinking from neighborhood involvement.
Yes, apathy is a growing problem in private HOA communities. So is violence. People watch their neighborhoods decay from neglect and abandonment while property values plummet.
The HOA movement is a fifty billion dollar a year scam. And the word is getting out.