“No, I live in a great HOA,” you might say. “Our board is not overbearing and we all get along.”
Fabulous! But did you know that every HOA board in America is just one vote away from changing leadership and turning the HOA from pacifist to fascist? That’s why you hear so many nightmarish stories about Homeowners Associations.
Representatives of the HOA industry argue that the horror stories that pop up are just anomalies, just exceptions.
“Not so,” says a California homeowners rights group that keeps track of HOA clashes with homeowners across The Golden State. CCHAL, or Center for California Homeowner Assocation Law, says claims about “anomalies” are simply “untrue.” In a press release about one outrageous situation the organization says:
“We here at the Center have a statewide lens, so we know that stories (like this) are more the rule than the exception: they are part of the pattern and practice of an industry unfamiliar with concepts like “due process”: and the 14th Amendment.”
CCHAL’s website is at calhomelaw.org.
Ward Lucas, author of “The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowner Association”