Open Letter On LinkedIn About The CAI

by Deborah Goonan, Ormond Beach, FL

(The oft repeated rhetoric) is that further regulation of HOAs would amount to increased “government control.” In fact, the purpose and goal of smart regulation of HOAs is to protect owners’ rights by way of limiting the power of HOA corporate Board governance through a proven system of CHECKS AND BALANCES. The goals of regulation must not be to control community choice in HOAs, but rather to provide a favorable environment where the rights of owners are balanced against the rights of the Association, to allow for all members to have a voice in self-governance, and to promote harmony rather than division in communities. 

I trust that legislators will ignore the tired CAI, status-quo rhetoric repeated over and over again on this forum, the same rhetoric that has prevented substantive HOA reform in states all over the country. To what end? How does ignoring obvious problems, and washing one’s hands of responsibility for fair and just treatment of constituents benefit communities, states, and our country? 

I trust that readers of this and similar forums will seriously consider the cumulative negative effects that have resulted from limited respect for the rights of owners, in favor of special interests. Those of you who “get it,” please let your legislators know that you support positive reform and consumer protections for millions of owners and residents in over 300,000 community associations across the country.

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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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