|Re: The Tyranny of Homeowners Associations||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R Philip Dowds (rpdowdscomcast.net)|
|Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:43:06 -0800 (PST)|
HOAs have powers and duties similar to governments? Omigosh, how did this happen? Well, it happened because that's how we, the American people, wanted it to happen. HOAs — or condominium associations, as in Massachusetts — represent a system of reciprocal rights and responsibilities that are meant to facilitate both segregated ownership of specific parts of a building, and also the use and enjoyment, sharing and maintenance of other parts (the "common" areas) of the building, by the community as whole. Rules for HOAs are promulgated at the State level, according to the wisdom of each State's legislature. Decisions about assessments, insurance, maintenance, rules of access, etc, are made via representative democracy, i.e., a "Managing Board" (or some such term) of member / owner / residents elected by their peers. These, then, are your tyrants. The false premise underlying this pseudo-problem is that the Managing Board is somehow "those other people" — people not like us, but who are meddling with our lives and our property rights in inappropriate or illegal ways. But this is not correct: Those people are indeed us, and we (members of the HOA) can change them out if we want to. In theory, this is true for elected officials at State and federal levels as well; in practice, however, dumping out incumbents is very hard in State and federal politics. Not so in HOAs, however; members of the Board are shuffled around all the time, for a whole bunch of reasons. Would that Libya and Syria could dispense with their tyrants so easily as HOAs. If your HOA Board is obdurately tyrannical, maybe it's because you never go its meetings, and didn't participate in the last five elections.. Don't want to get involved in your HOA politics? Well, good news: This is America, and you don't have to live in an oppressive HOA community. You can move to another one where your Board and your neighbors are more reasonable, and can be left to their own devices. You can buy a single family home. You can be tenant, hopefully in a unit owned and run by a kindly landlord. Play your real estate cards right, and you can become a kindly landlord yourself. Lots of alternatives here. RPD On Feb 22, 2013, at 10:47 PM, Thomas Lofft <tlofft [at] hotmail.com> wrote: > > There has been a lot of discussion of HOA's and their authority and their > responsibilities as they may be required to perform by state law and whether > local cohousing community ethics might prefer dfferent options.This article > recently published in Planetizen offers one writer's perspective of the > Tyranny of HOA's and how local governance options may be incrementally > eliminated as state law infringes more and more upon personal property > rights. FYI: http://www.planetizen.com/node/60838 > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > >
The Tyranny of Homeowners Associations Thomas Lofft, February 22 2013
- Re: The Tyranny of Homeowners Associations R Philip Dowds, February 23 2013
- Re: The Tyranny of Homeowners Associations Wayne Tyson, February 23 2013
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