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Some Media Outlets Are Just Beginning to Get It

There are so many layers of dishonesty and corrupt dealing in the HOA business that it’s hard to get a real handle on it. But little by little, some media outlets are beginning to pay attention.

The article linked below is from the Miami Herald. An investigative reporter has ‘discovered’ that many Florida HOAs are breaking state law by charge super high resident application fees. Really? Dishonest HOAs? “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”

Many condos charge illegally high application fees


American News Media Getting Educated About HOAs? Nawwww!

Homeowners rights advocates like Deborah Goonan, Sara Benson, Nila Ridings and others are noting that more and more mainstream news outlets are beginning to be aware of the national Homeowners Association scam. Yes, they’re writing about it, but they’re still getting it wrong.

This is a multi-billion dollar scandal and these idiot reporters are just saying that homeowners have to be more aware and do more DUE diligence. The Fox Business article linked below is another example of a reporter learning that “there’s something out there!”

Announcing BIG NEWS! The HOAX!

guest blog by Nila Ridings

Drum roll please!!!!After years of waiting….THE HOAX will be available online for all the world to see! Directed by Rodney Gray, this film is a documentary about HOAs. Starting 6 June 2016 for one week twenty-four hours per day from the comfort of your home, cabin, camper, or while on the bus, train, or plane viewers can see it all! This is one movie you do not want to miss!

Trump Sign Brings $50/Day Fine!

guest blog by Shu Bartholomew

Here we go again!  

The Cottages at Savannah Condominium Unit Owners Association in North Ridgeville, Ohio, is threatening Frank Kronen with $50 daily fines if he doesn’t remove his Trump sign from his window.  They claim it violates their “code rules and regulations” .  

The Cottages is not the first residential association that has attempted to strip a homeowner of his Constitutionally protected right to free speech. Many associations have tried over the years and many have succeeded – but not all.  

At least a couple of examples come to mind.  In both of these instances the results were epic.

The first story took place a little over 20 years ago when Cheryl Kagan ran for State Delegate in Maryland.  Cheryl lived in a high rise condominium and put a “Vote Kagan” sign in her window. And that’s when all hell broke loose!  A rather vocal HOA attorney warned everyone that the entire area would look like “the backside of a refrigerator” if people were allowed to put campaigns signs in their windows.  Where do they get these ideas? Unfortunately for the condo association and this particular attorney, Cheryl won!  And the first thing she did once in office was to introduce legislation protecting condo owners’ right to put campaign signs in their windows. What a concept!  The world has not spun off its axis and Maryland does not look like the backside of a refrigerator!  So much for the expertise of industry members!  

And let’s not forget the stunning accomplishments of Maria and Sam Farran who placed an Obama sign in their front yard.  The sign exceeded the association approved size for signs by a few inches.  When the Farrans were told they were in violation, they were more than willing to comply with the insanity of their HOA.   They brought the sign into compliance by cutting it in half.  Apparently the board was not amused. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back and started the war that captured the imagination of the country.  After several years of litigation, Olde Belle Haven filed for bankruptcy protection.  And then a sense of community returned to the neighborhood. Although the HOA corporation still exists, the homeowners amended the documents stripping it of all its powers.  The last I heard, the owners were a real community where people got along, did what they wanted with their homes and where property values went up.  

So much for the prognostications of the HOA industry!  

Meanwhile in The Cottages in Ohio, Frank says when he entered the US Army, he swore an oath to protect the Constitution and he is prepared to continue defending it now.  He adds, “If that offends anyone, deal with it.”   “I’m an American, I served to protect my right to put that sign in my window, I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna tell me to take it out.”

I like his attitude.  Good luck Frank.  I look forward to adding your story to the ones where the homeowners win.

(link to FOX 8 story on battle over Trump sign)

Rich People Have More Rights!

It’s ugly to say it, but rich people really do think their rights are superior. At least, that’s what it looks like in drought-ridden Southern California. The entire southwest is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. Yet members of the Blackhawk Homeowners Association have been told to green up their lawns…or else!

There are new state laws that prohibit California HOAs from fining residents who have brown lawns. But do you honestly think the average Homeowners Association has any respect for state law?

California Homeowners’ Association Orders Residents To Add More Green To Lawns Or Face Fines Despite Historic Drought