Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.
As long as homeowner associations have been in existence, there have been problems with them. In the beginning the “solution” was largely believed to be educating homeowners about HOAs. “If people understood what they were buying into they’d all fall in line and comply with the contract they signed”. When that didn’t fix the problem, the association industry lobbied successfully for state laws increasing the role and powers of associations in our every day lives. Predictably this exacerbated the problems to the point where homeowners began fighting back. In some states, a few homeowners have successfully managed to get some homeowner friendly bills introduced and passed. However, if there are any loopholes they will be found, manipulated or misinterpreted to benefit the association. Perhaps the time has come to put a stop to the games associations, their industry and advisors play. It is time to plug up some of those loopholes.
On The Commons this week we are joined by Clint Goodman. Clint is president and the founding attorney of an Arizona based organization called the Homeowner Institute. The Homeowner Institute specializes in promoting the interests of the owners in a number of ways, including lobbying for legislation that closes loopholes and protects individual and property rights. Please join us On The Commons this Saturday, June 28, 2008. We’ll talk about the Homeowner Institute, what it does and why Clint founded it. We’ll also learn a little about the Office of Administrative Hearing (OAH) and how SB 1162 will plug a whacking great big loophole that associations and their attorneys have been using to skirt the original intent of the OAH. To learn more about the Homeowner Institute check out their web page http://www.hoainstitute.com.
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