A simple concept: Get homeowners to pay for neighborhood infrastructure and municipal services -TWICE – has morphed into a massive costly mess, making life even more complicated, unfair and intolerable. No longer do we live in real communities, where neighbors are friends and can be counted on to be there for each other. Instead the chap next door feels duty bound to spy on neighbors and to report any perceived problem, great or small, real or imagined to the neighborhood Junta. In this brave new world the balance of power is tilted away from the individual and because of the politics involved with associations, individuals in the unenviable position of having to defend themselves are isolated, intimidated and belittled.
Slowly, very slowly, the scales are starting to tip the other way. First there was one, then two, then another one and one more and even more attorneys are beginning to realize that their hearts really are on the side of the homeowners.
John Cowherd joins us On The Commons this week. John is a young attorney who has practiced real estate law in Northern Virginia for about a decade. In his practice he has represented homeowners in HOAs as well as handled other real estate related cases. He is well versed in the Virginia Property Owners and Condo Acts as well as Fair Housing, Fair Debt Collections and other related topics. John is going into practice for himself where the focus of his practice will be on homeowners. We talk about the existing laws that apply to homeowners in associations, we discuss the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and property values. John also maintains a blog called Words of Conveyance . Check it out, tune in to the show and stand up for your rights and those of your neighbors, because you really don’t have to take it any more.