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Mr. Ehrlich promotes the same old Pollyanna-like fantasy world that the CAI does...Implying that by 'speaking up, sending emails, going to meetings' a homeowner can be 'heard' and be part of the great democratic process. When in fact, in a great many 'communities', there is NO pretense of anything remotely approaching a democratic process - and all it serves to do is to paint a bright target on the speaker so they can be singled out and made 'an example' of to keep everyone else in line. The fines the Board and its kangaroo court levy so heavily don't have to be valid - but just try to fight them and it can easily cost 100X more or ultimately your home. And those elections don't have to be 'real'...nor is the Board held in any way accountable for any myriad of abuses short of overt criminal acts. That's the 'reality' of these 'communities'.
I lived in one - never again. Instead of fighting tooth and nail against any form of regulation the CAI really should try to concentrate on self-regulating and helping to pass sane laws preventing Homeowner abuse. Because in these times, with everyone connected and easily able to access the thousands of HOA horror stories that they try
So mightily to sweep under the rug, I think the time is coming when you won't be able to give away a home in an HOA. I promise you already couldn't give me one. May 25, 2011