It is no secret that I am no fan of residential associations, largely because people don’t always know what they are getting into. And when they have an inkling and specifically ask for non HOA housing, none are available.The decision is made by third parties who have a vested interest in imposing mandatory membership associations on housing consumers.
Granted, there are exceptions to every rule and some would argue that 55 or older communities might fall under that category. For some people it is the perfect solution. Or is it?
When Collin’s parents died within 2 weeks of each other, leaving 14 year old Collin an orphan. He went to live with his grandparents in Prescott, Arizona. The Passmores, a couple in their 70’s, live in a 55 and older development where no one under the age of 19 is allowed. And now, a year later, 15 year old Collin has been told by the HOA that he has to leave because he is too young to live there.
Stephen Marcus joins us On The Commons. Steve, a Massachusetts attorney and long time member of the Community Association Institute represents condominiums and homeowner associations in Massachusetts. While Steve is not involved with this heart wrenching story I asked him to talk about 55 and older communities. What are we dealing with and how can we make residential America less threatening? Are the HOA attorneys being truthful when they predict gloom and doom for HOAs and board members who do not enforce every rule swiftly and decisively? Where did 19 come from? Is there room for compassion in residential America? We’ll get a few answers and perhaps have more questions.
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