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    Cyburbian Tom R's avatar
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    HOAs

    Has ANYONE had a good experience with a Home Owners' Association?

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    Well only the one i was on the board of-we managed to get the builders last permit held till he cleaned up some...problems and cleaned out the storm water pond.

    though i dont think that would have happened had i not been on the board and knew the right folks to call to get the job done.

    HOAs seem to be more of a problem than anything else
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    Everyone at my work (except me) is part of one, and they all seem to like it. What did you want to know?

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    Cyburbian Tom R's avatar
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    HOAs

    I don't belong to a HOA but I keep hearing horror stories. Either they're too powerful and run like a little kingdom, they don't want to assess for major repairs such as private streets or they don't pay their taxes on open space and it is sold at sheriff's auction to a developer.

    There is one law suit I've read about where landowners are suing saying that since the HOA is being run like a little government then it should have the responsibilities such as open records etc.

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    Re: HOAs

    Originally posted by Tom R
    I don't belong to a HOA but I keep hearing horror stories. Either they're too powerful and run like a little kingdom, they don't want to assess for major repairs such as private streets or they don't pay their taxes on open space and it is sold at sheriff's auction to a developer.
    Developers often assign open space to a HOA to take care of it. In my experience, though, the HOA never really gets off the ground and the "open space" becomes a vacant lot where people dump their trash. We'd be a lot better off if the developer just donated the property to an organization committed to open space preservation, like a land conservancy..

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    I am "president" of our HOA (for a nine-townhouse development). It IS difficult to get enough HOA dues. We are well behind on deferred maintenance, and it will take a long time to catch up.

    And, I am not the most aggressive person to lead an HOA. Hopefully, now that we have new owners (who have purchased at the peak of the local market, poor souls), we'll get some new energy.

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