Organized Crime? You Betcha!

Organized crime is endemic in the HOA industry, absolutely woven throughout the faulty fabric of the whole structure of Homeowners Associations. Racism, bribery, blackmail, criminal harassment, theft, extortion, embezzlement, phony liens and foreclosures.

If you go back through five years worth of blog posts on NeighborsAtWar.com you’ll see hundreds, even thousands of posts and links to stories of criminal activity in Homeowners Associations in virtually every state in America. Board members, treasurers, management companies, HOA lawyers, even the federal racketeering convictions of 43 HOA officials in Nevada. It’s a vast criminal empire that only recently is beginning to attract attention from the nation’s news media. So this next paragraph and the associated link shouldn’t surprise you much.

Sperlonga LLC, a data collection firm, has now made a deal with Equifax to begin adding HOA dues and payment history to the credit records of homeowners. Your late HOA payments, whether real or phony, will now have the same weight on your credit report as bank loans and auto payments. Welcome to the future, Bunky!

(link to press release by Sperlonga Data)

 

 

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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 “Organized Crime? You Betcha!

  1. Lynn Simmons

    There are HOA’s here in Colorado Springs that of all things are harassing a Pastor of a church. As you pass by her home you will wonder “who lives here”? It is the most beautiful home in the entire area, very different and very tasteful even elegant I think. That is why it stands out but the story I get is that she is just making her home the extension of her taste while still within the HOA rules but some of her neighbors appear to be jealous probably thinking” who does she think she is being different”? They want to keep things plain and bland and I think,; if that is your taste then that’s cool but if it’s not someone else then that’s okay too because we are all not the same if we were then this world would be boring to me. I like difference so that’s why I think that the jealous HOA neighbors need to be put in check for the harassment. We all have a right to be unique and different especially if it enhances the neighborhood.

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    1. Ward Lucas Post author

      Hi Lynn. You didn’t mention this in your comments. But I think it’s also important to note that this lady Pastor in Colorado Springs is black. Across the country many HOAs have taken stupid and illegal actions against blacks, Asians, Jews, elderly women, the disabled, people with disabled children, people with pets of an unapproved breed. A woman in Chicago lost her townhome because her dog was one pound over the 26 pound limit. The HOA movement is a very ugly part of American life.

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