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Why would ANYONE allow themselves to be forced to join a HOA? I'll tell them to go pound sand and live elsewhere
That doesn't seem to be the issue as much as people not knowing who to pay their fees to. It almost seems like a scam to steal people's homes. Create confusion even those paying were supposedly sending their money into the ether.Folks moved there knowing full well that they were moving into that kind of community, They were willing to give up "Personal" control of their homes. I have absolutely no sympathy for them.
There was an interesting case in Nevada where a law firm was having its moles buy up condos (even fractional ownership); getting its moles elected to the board; then steering condo money to hire the lawfirm to sue the builder for defective construction, then using the settlement to hire it's affiliated contractor. The firm convinced the condo assn to let it count the ballots, and rigged the election to get its own people on the board.Some HOA's work well in a condo setting, but they can be a frek'n nightmare if the wrong people are elected to the board.
You remind me of a funny story in "The Millionaire Next Door" of a man who was one of the principal investors in a new luxury condo development. The builder needed 50% of units sold in order to build. Mr. W bought all the units of a certain style. With that "monopoly" he made a nice return selling the units upon the building's completion. He kept one for his family's vacations for a few weeks per year, but more importantly he had the chance to write his dog into the development's declarations.the way these things work....there is usually some pushy retired lawyer who takes over these things, and after that it is their way or the highway. Think of Ocasio Cortez, retired with nothing better to do, manipulating your retirement home!
stay far away!
When the wife and I were like looking at houses "NO HOA" was up there in the priorities between walls and indoor plumbing.You remind me of a funny story in "The Millionaire Next Door" of a man who was one of the principal investors in a new luxury condo development. The builder needed 50% of units sold in order to build. Mr. W bought all the units of a certain style. With that "monopoly" he made a nice return selling the units upon the building's completion. He kept one for his family's vacations for a few weeks per year, but more importantly he had the chance to write his dog into the development's declarations.
"I have a dog. Call him the six-figure doggie. I have sold several condominiums because the people passed dog laws. They told me, 'You know, you've got to get rid of the dog.' I'll sell an entire building before I get rid of my dog."
The new neighbors were mostly flashy, high-nosed types. Each reviewed the declaration before buying and knew Mr. W had the dog who was an exception to the rules. They later banded together and gave him a hard time about it anyway. He said deal with it, I'm authorized. They continued sending intimidating letters. One of the resident lawyers confronted him, saying they decided at their last meeting that they would take legal action if he didn't get rid of the dog. Mr. W pointed out this guy wasn't even licensed to practice law in that state.
Finally Mr. W went to one of their meetings and said he would leave with his dog but turn over his condo to the blue-collar company he owned so employees could vacation there every week of the year in perpetuity. They voted that he could keep his dog.
In then end he sold the unit and left all of them to their uppity selves, concluding, "I don't want to live in a building with people who don't like dogs."
My sister lives near Orlando, but that is because her husband is an executive at Disney.In the first place why move to Florida, a state surrounded by coastline, and decide to live smack in the center of the state? You have miles of beaches and year round warm weather and you move to Orlando? You deserve to lose your house.