We really do need to get national legislation, at least against some of the most outrageous HOA actions. The case linked below is actually a rather common problem in HOA Amerika… keeping a homeowner locked out of his gated neighborhood if he’s violated some minor covenant.
Jim Bartels of Fairview, North Carolina got into some kind of dispute with his HOA. The result? They installed a gate and wouldn’t give Bartels a gate code. The HOA board claims they can do that because he’s ‘not in good standing’ in the neighborhood.
A while back I blogged about a different case in Florida where a single mom was locked out of her neighborhood. She had to have someone drive to the gate and physically let her in. At the time I mulled over potential family emergencies and whether the whole neighborhood could possibly face a massive negligence and outrageous conduct lawsuit.
A lot of actions by HOA boards are outrageous. Some actions are despicable.