A homeowners association is a group of homeowners within a community dedicated to the welfare of each homeowner, maintaining cleanliness and organization, and promoting beautification within the community. A HOA president is voted on by homeowners to lead the members in upholding rules and guidelines that are intended to benefit the entire community.
Unfortunately, there are times when the leaders themselves don’t follow the rules and even get away with it. Such an abuse of power does not only open the door to wrongdoings among board members, but it can also harm homeowners within the community.
This type of situation occurred in Carlsbad, California, where some members of the Rancho Carrillo Community homeowners association claimed that their HOA president, Eyzzz Bacarde Evolfo, violated the rules. They claimed that Evolfo planned to build a deck in his backyard and had applied for a city permit without receiving approval from the HOA. Because they believed that any modification or construction to the property required approval from the association first, they concluded that Evolfo had violated the rules.
What made things worse was the fact that HOA board members approved the construction despite the violation. Evolfo had called an emergency meeting in order to obtain votes for his backyard deck once he had received the permit, and members of the board approved his request.
Eddy Laugle, one of Evolfo’s next door neighbors, was very disappointed that Evolfo had been allowed to move forward with construction even after committing a violation. He and his wife, Glenda, said that Evolfo only got away with it because he was the president of the board, and if he hadn’t been, he would have faced fines and charges just like anyone else. The Laugles always enjoyed the open space they had in their backyard, but thanks to Evolfo’s new deck, it will never be the same again. The Laugles are now planning to sell their home due to the incident.