Some people insist on referring to HOAs as communities. If we describe people; who live in the same geographical area as a community; that might be accurate. However, in a contrived situation like today’s mass-produced residential associations, geography is about the only thing most of the owners have in common. The hierarchical structure of a forced membership association does nothing whatsoever to foster a sense of community, rather it seems to cause isolationism and imposes fear in the residents. In a very real sense their real governments and left to fend for themselves against all manner of abuses have abandoned the owners. In some of the worst cases, homes are being stolen by those in the upper echelons of the HOA hierarchy and sold on the courthouse steps for pennies on the dollar.
Ryan Torrens joins us On The Commons. Ryan is a young attorney in Tampa Florida who was introduced to the horrors of foreclosures right out of law school. Shortly thereafter he started his own firm, The Torrens Law Group, where he specializes in protecting homeowners facing foreclosure from banks and homeowner associations. We talk to Ryan about the situations that promote a climate that not only favors foreclosures but also in some respects makes them commonplace. We get tips on what to do when a homeowner finds themselves in that situation, and probably more importantly, what not to do. We also talk about key legislation that might go a long way in preventing some of the worst abuses.