Are Things Dandy in Brandermill?

Hoo boy, things are going to get downright nasty in one of the largest HOAs in Virginia. Like many Homeowners Associations, there are strictly-worded restrictions against residents who operate home businesses. The ‘home business’ clause is one of the most idiotic parts of the typical set of CC&Rs. I would venture to say that home businesses are one of the largest sectors of the American economy.

Are you a freelance writer? You’re breaking the rules.

Do you do tax returns from home? You’re illegal.

Teach piano lessons? Forget about it.

But the Brandermill Homeowners Association in Chesterfield County, Virginia is about to commit residential suicide. They’re preparing to shut down 360 babysitters and private businesses.

Child care in a private home is outlawed in most associations, but those with smarter board members don’t try to enforce the restriction, unless a business operation is causing traffic problems. But as HOAs continue to hoist their anti-kids flag, more and more potential residents are telling their Realtors, “Don’t show me anything in an HOA.”

Brandermill is going to be turned into a war zone.

(link to Times Dispatch story)


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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.

1 thought on “Are Things Dandy in Brandermill?

  1. Neighbor

    Billy works on cars day and night (lots of noise) there is always people and cars parked every where he is very unpleasant and his people litter as they leave


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