Who Are These Creeps, Anyway?

One of the only true homeowners’ advocates in Colorado is girding up for yet another battle against our ‘favorite’ HOA lobbyist organization, the CAI. But wait’ll you hear what Community Associations Institute has got up its sleeves this time!

A homeowners advocacy group has proposed a construction defects law which would allow homeowners to choose to settle disputes through low-cost out-of-court arbitration. It would also force HOA boards to seek the approval of homeowners before filing costly class action lawsuits. HOA boards can sometimes be very sneaky in secretly filing such litigation. In other words, THIS PROPOSED LAW PROTECTS HOMEOWNERS!

But CAI spokesmen have said they intend to fight this bill in the Legislature.

Stan Hrincevich, of Colorado HOA Forum makes an excellent point that not only does the CAI not represent homeowners, it represents property managers and lawyers and the ability to fine homeowners, and sue homeowners, and foreclose on homeowners for minor covenant violations. Of course, if homeowners are empowered to use arbitration and do their own defect litigation it might save a lot of homeowners a ton of money. This is pro-homeowner legislation. And CAI is fighting it?

Keep in mind the CAI has a massive amount of lobbying money. Yes, folks, that’s how lobbying is done. Cash. Tons of cash. And in Colorado, CAI wins just about every Legislative battle. With each lobbying victory more cash is taken from homeowners and poured into the private pockets of those service providers who pay dues to CAI.

If a CAI lobbyist ever tells a Legislative committee he represents homeowners, he is lying through his teeth.

The headline for Stan Hrincevich’s blog is: “CAI Misrepresents HOA Construction Defects Bill”

Come on, Stan. Don’t be diplomatic. They’re not misrepresenting. They’re lying.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Who Are These Creeps, Anyway?

  1. Jill Schweitzer

    From CAI’s website in AZ: LAC is a state-wide organization whose mission is to promote positive, balanced legislation that support responsible self-governance of HOAs and prevent bad bills from becoming law. We hire a lobbyist to be the feet on the ground at the legislature and also organize fundraising and grassroots efforts to support our mission.

    I see ‘self-governance’…not help owners.


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