If They’re Screaming, There’s Corruption

In an Atlanta Homeowners Association (linked below) screaming and death threats are becoming a common experience. Homeowners are upset that the management company built a gate and is charging the homeowners $135,000.  A hundred-and-thirty-five thousand bucks? For a frickin’ gate?

It’s long been my observation that the louder the screams at the HOA meeting, the higher chance there’s some embezzling or raw theft involved. If people are screaming, it’s time for a forensic audit…and a couple of pairs of handcuffs.

(link to story on FOX-5 Atlanta)


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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.

2 thoughts on “If They’re Screaming, There’s Corruption

  1. AngelaB

    I’m not quick to get angry at all, but letters from my HOA have a unique ability to put me into a rage. I really do understand how there could be violence at HOA meetings. After a long day at work we all expect to come home to relax, but then we see some “communication” from our HOA sticking out from the doorknob. With my HOA it is NEVER good news. Ever. It’s always some inconvenience or expense. I will never ever ever do this again, even if it mean renting the rest of my life.

  2. Nila Ridings

    Angela B,

    I hope you’ve read Dr. Gary Solomon’s HOA Syndrome. He perfectly describes what living in an HOA does to the soul.

    Yes, renting is the way to go. I recently met a woman from Denver. She lived in an HOA out there and rented an apartment when she moved to Kansas. She could not stop telling me how much she loved it and was so thankful to be rid of the HOA lifestyle. She will be moving back to Denver but already knows she will never own again and looks forward to being a renter for the rest of her life.

    The one thing HOAs (especially condos) have done for the housing industry is convince people that being a renter is a good thing!

    I hope you can set yourself free of the HOA soon!


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