I bought into a community with an HOA because the bylaws offered safeguards for the homeowners and it was a secure community in an age of much crime. The security however is a hit or miss sham, A clique of homeowners fired the professional mgt. company and took over mgt themselves saying they could save money which has not happened yet.
I’ve lived in one of the largest HOA’s in Northern California (2500 homes) now for over 7 years. With a 40+ year background in mental health, my perspective is decidedly psychological, sociological and “systems.” Since living in this HOA community, I have studied its history and dynamics extensively. I have also studied the history of HOA’s throughout the USA.
What I have discovered has been disheartening and alarming. Bottom line: HOA’s do not serve their member homeowners. They serve developers, the real estate industry, legislators, the HOA Industry and the “collective narcissism” of small groups of homeowners bent on control of governance processes. HOA’s claim to serve their members, but this claim exists as lip-service only and window-dressing for the outside world.
Here’s what I’ve learned.
Here is the complete petition in PDF:
Here is a sample
January 30th 2018
I, the undersigned, do hereby state that I am a registered owner of The Falls at Rhodes Ranch Condominium Association Inc.; that my ownership is truly stated opposite my signature hereto and that I do hereby petition the following:
lncompliance to section 4.7.1 of the “Rules”
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Fox Run Farms in Wilmington NC is under the Century 21-CAMS Association. So many of us wish that there was a way to have this association for their corruption. I can not going into details at this moment, but would love to hear from someone who could help give advice on what can be done.
Thank you for this time.
On 7/20/2017 our family cat Coco was missing. My daughter posted flyers on county owned street signs. The HOA harassed my daughter, <Name Withheld> demanded that my daughter remove all flyers that were posted, and not put any more flyers up. Continue reading Anonymous
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