California Veteran Wins!

There aren’t many victories in HOAs run by the likes of Nero and Caligula. But a California man who built furniture in his garage for needy military families has won his fight with the Lake of the Pines Homeowners Association.

There’s no question that public pressure convinced board members to crawl back into their snake hole. Former Vietnam War vet Dennis Kocher’s hobby was building furniture for families at the nearby Beale Air Force Base. Until a neighbor complained.

It wasn’t a complete victory. No apologies. No promises to get off this guy’s back. But the board ruled he can continue his hobby as long as he keeps his garage door closed.

(link to The Union story on war vet carpenter)


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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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