One of our frequent contributors to this site used to be a researcher for a conservative think tank in Colorado. He says he recently dropped by the Republican booth at the Louisville town fair and made a point of asking opinions about HOAs. He asked about Captain Michael Clauer, the Texas man whose HOA home was illegally seized and sold while he was assigned to a war zone in the Middle East. It’s absolutely a violation of federal law for an overseas serviceman to be treated like that.
Well, our friend says the Republicans at the booth said, “Captain Clauer agreed to the covenants. He chose to live in an HOA. He didn’t have to buy into one of them.”
Jeesh! The ACLU occasionally stands up for a Constitutional right here and there. Republicans traditionally believe in smaller government and protection of property rights. The rampant abuses of homeowners by HOAs should be in the crosshairs of both the left and the right, the Democrats and the Republicans. But we’ve got idiots on both sides of the political aisle. With 63 million people living in HOAs, that’s a heck of a lot of votes. It sounds like we may have to do a lot more educating of people in both the red and blue states.
I’ve got to believe, though, that great masses of Republicans and Democrats believe HOA abuse has gone too far. The smart candidates ought to put HOA reform in a prominent place on their platforms.