Millions of dollars unaccounted for, a neighborhood divided, lawsuits, shoddy repairs on some units, shunned members, bully boards, depreciating property values, lies, finger pointing and a thoroughly unpleasant place to live. It must be a) a Bentley Little novel, b) a horror movie, c) an isolated incident or d) one of many dysfunctional homeowner associations across the country?
If you guessed d, give yourself a pat on the back. The stories, the details, the incidents just keep repeating themselves over and over again from the Atlantic to the Pacific and all points in between. Is it something in the water or do they clone incompetent people and put them in charge of YOUR home and your most valuable asset?
Nila Ridings joins us On The Commons this week. Nila has been right in the middle of a fight to save her home, her sanity and her health. She is a frequent guest blogger and writes extensively on these issues. She often hears from other homeowners who are having problems and looking for help. Not surprisingly, finding someone to explain the problems and offer help is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. Today Nila tells us, from her personal experience, what it is like being trapped in the crosshairs of an HOA that simply won’t let go. She also tells us how some of our best intentions can cause those we love some serious headaches. And she shares some valuable advice.