I promise you, I absolutely promise you I have tried to avoid writing about this story. It first popped up about three years ago, and is so far outside the realm of common sense that I haven’t wanted to damage my own credibility by retelling it.
Still, more and more HOAs around the country are turning to DNA analysis to find out whose dog is pooping on whose lawn.
There’s nothing that drives an HOA board member nuttier than seeing someone else’s dog squat on an unapproved lawn. And technology has made it cheaper for an HOA to actually trace a dog dump.
It’s pretty amazing to see the way some neighborhoods tear themselves apart.
The latest goofball story comes from Lake Asbury, Florida. The HOA is threatening to foreclose on the homes of 26 families because they don’t want to pay a dues increase of $50. The HOA needs the money to help maintain docks and boat ramps on the lake. Fifty bucks seems pretty trivial, but the homeowners are taking it to court.
In the meantime, the anger, the frustration, the hatred has made Lake Asbury a pretty attractive place to live, right?
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I don’t like to go off half-cocked. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, but for the life of me I can’t get my mind wrapped around this one.
Bankrupted California cities are now talking about seizing hundreds, possibly thousands of homes in California to condemn them, because the owners have troubled mortgages.
Under the controversial practice known as “eminent domain for Public Purpose” (Kelo v. City of New London) cities would be able to walk into essentially anybody’s home and say, “Sorry, you’ve gotta move. This property now belongs to the city!”
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A 40 unit apartment building in Titusville, Florida caught fire four years ago and most of the units were severely damaged. Obviously, all those in the building lost their homes. But the Bay Towers Homeowners Association is now foreclosing on dozens of displaced fire victims because they haven’t been paying their HOA dues. Apparently, even if your home is destroyed by fire, your HOA dues in some cases could technically go on forever!
One homeowner, Mike McDaniel, acknowledges he owes $8000 in HOA dues. But he says he’s now being sued for $48,000 for a place he’s not even allowed to set foot in.
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