A Legal Conundrum In Florida

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.

(link to Tampa Tribune story onĀ HOA fight)



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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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