David Russell

Confucius said,  “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home”. Given the lack of integrity in residential America and the ill health of our homes, I would say the strength of our nation is in serious jeopardy.  We have talked about the health risks of stress on our bodies, the problems with living in leaky, moldy and poorly constructed housing, the financial affects of mismanaged associations, the assault on our individual and private property rights and the absolutely abusive and unfair conditions we are raising our children in. I think it is fair to say we have a lot of problems. 

It is time to learn how to deal with all these problems and to find a way out of the abyss so we can start rebuilding our homes and strengthening our nation.  

Dave Russell joins us On The Commons this week.  Dave is a manager in Arizona who works hard to make sure that the rules in his condo association are adhered to while ensuring that individual and private property rights are respected and not trampled in the process.  Dave acknowledges that it can be a delicate balancing act but he assures us that it can be done.  He also admits there is precious little adult supervision once an association is developed and sold to real people but he reminds us that we do have some help out there.  We talk about at least one Federal law that is designed to protect some of our most vulnerable neighbors – the Fair Housing Act.  Dave explains the law, how it relates to the controlled developments, shares some great ideas and tools and tells us about free training and how to file a complaint if necessary.  This won’t fix all the problems with the HOA concept but if it makes inroads into augmenting the integrity of our homes, we might help strengthen our nation as well.


2 thoughts on “David Russell”

  1. DAVE [03:28] : The problem is these boards lack the training that they need to handle these situations properly. [03:40]


    The problem is that these private corporations have the power to decide whether or not the parents of a six-year old cancer patient have the right to build a playhouse for their daughter in their own yard.

  2. I filed a fair housing complaint against my HOA and the property management company. The complaint was sent to the Ohio Civil Right Commission for investigation. They made their determination without acquiring my supporting documentation or contacting my witnesses. They determined “No Probable Cause” needless to say that my HOA broadcasted this news out to the neighborhood along with an increase in our yearly assessment and they claimed the increase was due to legal cost and defense cost.

    I have now filed a second complaint but I have enlisted a non profit to help me this time. We are filing for retaliation and intimidation. The attorney for the HOA and Property Management company sent me a letter stating that because I filed the complaint I was not allowed to contact the management company or any board member and he also threatened to sue me.

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