Have you heard the one about homeowner associations being democracy “up close and personal”? The story goes that members are expected to participate in meetings, voice their opinions and to be part of the “community” which includes being financially responsible for common expenses. So it only stands to reason that one should be entitled to an explanation of any increases. But what happens when a member asks a simple question about a dues increase?
On this show we will start at that point – a very small dues increase and when an explanation was asked for the name calling, finger pointing and suppressing information started. When a simple answer to a simple question is not forthcoming and creates such acrimony, something is wrong. So when a situation doesn’t pass the smell test it is prudent to dig a little deeper especially when your most valuable asset, your home, is at stake.
But that is easier said then done.
On the Commons with us this week we are joined by Janice Fontell. Janice is an accountant by trade and she bought into the notion of “carefree living” that her condo promised. She paid her dues and minded her own business. Join us as we follow her incredible journey into homeownership, her awakening and subsequent education into what HOA living really is all about. But that is only the beginning because she found herself learning all about the law and her way around court where she ultimately prevailed – in part 1. You will want to hear this part of her story. There is another case pending and we hope to catch up with Janice later on.