Still just as relevant today as it was a year ago.
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
An interesting editorial written by David Sobotta in The News & Observer, entitled My descent into HOA hell in North Carolina, is both eye-opening and provocative.
Sobotta explains how, after eight years of uneventful living in his HOA, everything quickly spiraled downward when the developer abruptly decided to hand over control to a volunteer homeowner board. Well, the way Sobotta describes it, it was more like dumping a lot of problems and financial liability onto unsuspecting homeowners. Billing had not been done properly and portions of the common property had been uninsured. Homeowners became divided over covenant enforcement. A management company was hired, but they were of little help.
Three years after the transition, the developer still owns 20 lots, and has used proxies to vote family members and allies onto the HOA’s overwhelmed, floundering board. Now there’s no transparency at all.
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