guest blog by Nila Ridings
No surprises here. HOAs and condo associations are nothing more than a thieves’ paradise. A simple internet search or glancing through neighborsatwar.dot com will reveal the massive numbers of thefts by HOA board members and HOA managers. The penalty…maybe a few days of community service and a little “talking to” by the judge and they are punishment free.
Here’s one in Still Meadows Condominium Association in Severn where Wanda Brooks could hardly shuffle into the courtroom with her walker but she was able to dine out, get her hair done, pay utilities, and buy gas on the HOA credit card.
Makes me wonder how many Mercedes have been purchased? How many kids have gone to college? (on a fully-paid HOA “scholarships”) How many luxury vacations have been taken? How much real estate has been purchased? How many bottles of booze have been consumed? How much jewelry has been bought? How many kids have had orthodontics? And how many boxes of diapers, dog food, and cigarettes have HOA dues paid for? Far more than we know about, I’m sure of that. Hundreds of millions of dollars per year are being stolen from homeowners and they don’t even know it.
The massive corruption in HOAs is beyond words. Yet, we have 1 in 5 Americans living inside of these hellholes under the belief their property values are protected by signing up for the HOA. What a joke!
Isn’t it interesting how people get so upset when somebody robs them of their wallet in a parking lot and it has $20 in it, but think nothing of all the years of being robbed blind by their volunteer HOA board member neighbors and paid property managers?
The more HOAs that are built in America should reduce the number of bank robberies, I would think. One comes with time in the federal penitentiary, the other with best wishes kisses from the judge.