While I have little tolerance for the dictatorial abuse of homeowners by HOA managers, I have even less tolerance for HOA lawyers who don’t get paid unless they’re fining, suing and liening homeowners for such things as an inadvertent underpayment of HOA dues by 78 cents. By the way, that’s a real case in West Boca, Florida, where a single mom lost her home….over a few pennies. So I sort of equate HOA lawyers who file such lawsuits as slightly above the stench that arises from pond scum.
Still, it’s interesting to monitor the current debate in Florida between HOA lawyers and HOA managers. The managers want to be able to fill out minor legal paperwork to save their HOAs some money. The lawyers say that’s a third degree felony, punishable by five years in prison.
Hmmm, which side to take? A couple of Florida legislators have a proposal to spell out specifically what HOA managers can do without funneling money to their legal staff.
I’ll have to wait for opinions from experts like Jan Bergemann, the undisputed expert in Florida HOA abuse. But with the lawyers and managers gouging at each others’ throats, it all sounds like more useless expenses being assessed against homeowners.