Evan McKenzie on the rise of private urban governance and the law of homeowner and condominium associations. Visit evanmckenzie.wikispaces.com for my published articles and services.
Do homeowner regulations go too far?Yes, they do.Therefore, the government should regulate homeowners less than they currently do, and not interfere with the rights and responsibilities of homeowners to be bound by the servitudes and fine print in unilaterally amendable HOA adhesion contracts.
I've posted this quote here many times before, but it never fails to show how clueless some people -- especially libertarians -- are about HOAs:"Since HOAs are very local and small, participants are often neighbors and hence have incentive to settle disagreements in a civil manner."-Independence Institute"Free-Market Alternatives to Zoning"February 28, 2009To the self-proclaimed "free marketeers" (for some values of "free"), individual private property owners being burned alive is better than any legislation or government regulation protecting home owners from their neighborly associations?!Has it really come down to "We have to destroy the home owners in order to save the HOA corporation"?
Like usual, the folks from CAI -- or whoever posted it -- are just interested in the profits of the service providers they represent. They couldn't give a hoot about the rights and responsibilities of homeowners. Only in America was a small special interest group allowed to disregard our Constitution and make dictatorships out of our once peaceful communities. A whole industry of attorneys is busy to make gulags out of our neighborhoods. Where else in this world do you have to pay for neighbors who stopped paying -- or can't pay any longer? Where do owners who still have money have to pay for the ones who don't -- until they are broke as well? Only in America's community associations!In former times neighbors served neighbors in need chicken soup and cookies. Nowadays they serve law suits and foreclosure notices. Isn't it great to live in cookie-cutter homes under the rule of attorneys and CAMs, supported by often incompetent board members?
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