R.E.S.P.E.C.T., Aretha What You Do To Me!

Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me. Aretha Franklin may be the greatest female jazz/blues artist in history but her Homeowners Association wants their money. And there’s nothing they RESPECT about her. Franklin admittedly has a poor record of paying her bills. And her condo association neighbors are now going after her for $11,000 in unpaid dues.

The Hills of Lone Pine Homeowners Association is trying to foreclose on her condo. Hopefully, this one will settle properly for all those concerned. But I’d hate to run up against the kind of lawyers she has access to.

(link to Detroit Free Press story on the “Queen of Soul”)


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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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