The earliest deed restricted communities were exclusionary and were honest enough to admit the reason of their existence. It wasn’t until we got to the mass production of these neighborhoods that we see the entire HOA house of cards was built on a foundation of deceit. It started as a way of allowing local municipal governments to collect “free” tax money while the homeowners ended up paying twice for the same services. At one point Declarations started off by saying, “The purpose of this association is to protect property values”. Unable to substantiate that claim, I don’t think they include that statement any more. But the “purpose for HOAs” was out there. And once you start off by telling a lie, more and more lies will have to be told to cover up for the first one. And of course, every lie will need some form of enforcement mechanism.
Dismantling this house of cards before the entire system collapses and millions of people are hurt financially and emotionally is a tough job. It is, however, something that will need to be done.
Bill Davis joins us On The Commons. Bill, an attorney in Texas, switched his practice to representing homeowners and consumers. And having made that switch, he has been very busy ever since. I love listening to his stories about some of his cases. I am not sure if the “interesting” cases just naturally gravitate towards him or if Bill has a natural talent for zeroing in on the absurdities of HOAs, board members and the attorneys and managers who spend their time propping them up. I always enjoy talking to Bill and listening to his theories and his stories and this interview is no exception.