HOA Drives Man to Commit Suicide

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This story brought tears to my eyes! Another one out of Florida.

(man kills himself over emotional support dog)

This on the heels of the man in a Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who killed three neighbors, possibly over parking disputes.

The comments on threads related to the senseless shooting of three young students, who happen to be Muslim, are shocking, disturbing, and heartbreaking. I cannot believe the number of people who believe this “gun-toting atheist” was justified in taking three lives because these three allegedly drove him to that point over parking disputes! Was this a hate crime as well? It wouldn’t surprise me, the way that HOAs are set up to intentionally exclude and harass residents who may be different or unpopular. The social structure just reinforces prejudices.

What is happening to our country, when a significant portion of our population is so unable to deal with conflict that they must resort to abuse, violence, and suicide?

 

 

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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.

5 thoughts on “HOA Drives Man to Commit Suicide

  1. Nila Ridings

    I expect to see more of these murders and suicides in the future of the HOAs. It’s so sad but these bullies in the HOAs just will not stop. It’s win at any and all costs. They don’t care what the price is because they are willing to pay it.

    I know there have been other suicides due to HOA bullies but they have not been reported in the media. Perhaps this one will spread nationwide in the news and it will open the eyes of those who refuse to see how horrible these HOAs can be? I can only hope.

    This link is to the lawsuit:
    http://www.ccfj.net/CCFJTDMDetOEO.pdf

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  2. Nila Ridings

    They came to America for a better life. But they bought a condo and he was driven to suicide! His family is now asking for donations to bury him. http://www.gofundme.com/mauzx8

    I would expect to see this lawsuit be changed to a Wrongful Death case and the attorneys will go for the deep pockets of the condo owners. The family could be awarded millions of dollars after burying their loved one. And it all happened over a dog in an condo. A small dog that helped this man feel better and the wicked, evil, relentless bullying of a condo board and their property management company who accepted the dog once and then decided they would bully him some more…until he took his final breath. When will this insanity stop? It certainly is a sad day in America.

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  3. Alex Peklun

    My late father Sergey Peklun immigrated from the Ukraine to America in 1996 to provide my family and I a better life, in a country that stands for liberty and justice for all. At the age of 30, Sergei was dispatched to helped clean up the Chernobyl disaster that was a catastrophic nuclear accident in the Ukraine. Having been exposed to high levels of radiation it was detrimental to his health. Being in and out of the hospital was a constant thing for Sergey.That never stopped him as he was a hard working family man.

    After working for over 16 years as a security guard he had a near life and death experience rushing him to a hospital for intensive care. Quitting or retiring work was not an option for him as he needed to help support his family, but his health got in the way putting him on disability in 2011. He had multiple health condition’s that limited his ability to have a normal life. He was on over 16 multiple mediations that helped his heart, kidney’s, blood pressure, had an on going battle with sleep apnea, among other serious conditions. With my dear mother Victoria and I working at the Big Apple stoping buzzer market in Delray Beach, Florida, selling watches and changing watch batteries to help support the family, Sergei was getting depressed being alone in the house without the ability to leave. There were good days and there were bad days. Being bed ridden most of the time and his health declining, he was suggested by a doctor to have an emotional support animal to help with depression, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and that’s when he met Julia the 9 pound hypoallergenic Morkie (Maltese and half Yorkshire terrier) in 2011. Ever since they were inseparable.

    He would take that dog everywhere with him. Living in a no-pet policy condominium he was originally granted board approval with his ESA dog, but after 16 months the new board president filed a lawsuit, stating that the dog was never approved, so he had filed HUD, a housing discrimination complaint and he had won. But a later board required reapplication for the dog year after year making it difficult, and in the meantime, another condo owner, Frank Speciale, sued, maintaining the dog was not properly approved. With four former board members affidavits saying that it was approved. Having to go thru this was tough on him physically and emotionally. He was constantly belittled and harassed by the neighbor when walking to get his mail or even from coming back into the building from a walk with his dog.

    May we remember what Sergey Peklun stood for and the love he had for Julia his emotional support dog.

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  4. robert

    “Since HOAs are very local and small, participants are often neighbors and hence have incentive to settle disagreements in a civil manner.”

    – The Independence Institute
    “Free Market Alternatives To Zoning”
    February 28, 2009

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