Yep, I’ve said in the past that the out-of-control HOA movement is an international problem. The American HOA movement is outrageous, of course. But the newspaper article linked below shows some parallel problems in South Africa. They don’t have the Bill of Rights that we do. But it appears their HOA leaders are just as vicious.
When critiquing the Homeowner Association movement, most of our attention is directed at problem HOAs in the United States. But the out-of-control HOA board, it seems, is an international problem.
In Dubai, residents of Palm Jumeirah were furioius when their water was cut off for five hours. The problem was that a homeowner was late paying a water bill so all other homeowners were forced to suffer for this one person’s mistake. Dubai has a history of out-of-control neighborhood governance. Property rights there are somewhat vague and ill-defined.