Handicapped NC Woman Beats HOA

Rebecca Cunningham, don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched!

Ms. Cunningham is handicapped and four years ago installed a lift on her porch to allow her to avoid the stairs. No problem. The HOA approved it. All of a sudden, the HOA said she had to repaint it to exactly match the new cream color of the trim. She talked to the manufacturer who said it shouldn’t be painted, because it would make maintenance too difficult. So she appealed to the HOA, and lost.

Rebecca then appealed to a local television troubleshooter who got some attorneys involved, and hoo boy, did this HOA ever stumble and scramble backwards.

Rebecca, listen carefully because I’m going to give you some inside dope. HOAs hate disabled people. It’s not about you, it’s the fact that you’re disabled. Really! We’ve seen this thing happen time and again across the country where HOAs seem to come down especially hard on the handicapped. You’re persona non grata. Your very presence apparently brings down property values.

But, Rebecca, it gets worse. You embarrassed your HOA board by going public and getting your story broadcast on the Durham, N.C. ABC-affiliate. They were further embarrassed by having to rescind their illegal order against you. Babe, from now on you are a target. You’ve got a big target on your back. They will harrass you mercilessly. Not only is your disability bringing down property values, you failed to worship at the feet of the neighborhood Nazis. Watch your back Rebecca. But don’t ever back down.

(link to ABC-TV story in Durham, NC)

By the way, below is the management of this HOA if you’d like to thank them for accommodating handicapped people. Keep it nice!

Elite Management Professionals, Inc.
Address:
Street: 4112 Blue Ridge Road, Ste 100
Town: Raleigh
State: NC
Zip Code: 27612
Country: USA
Telephone: Telephone: (919) 233-7660
Fax:

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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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