The CBS TV Phoenix affiliate, KPHO reporter asked in its HOA Syndrome coverage, What could someone do to escape the HOA Syndrome? The only answer provided as to “move out”.
That was a completely unsatisfactory solution! In a hearing on HOA reform bills in this past session, a legislator stated that 94% of all new homes was in an HOA. A completely unsound solution not based on the facts.
Furthermore, it rewards the guilty parties. The government was not called upon to do something to stop this disgraceful condition in what the government continues to tout as “the next best thing to Mom’s apple pie.” There was no call for the immediate adoption of a consumer advisory like a Truth in HOAs Disclosure Agreement. There was no call for ADRE, the real estate department, to enforce its rule on material disclosure, R4-28-1101. There was no call for the Legislature to enforce HOA laws and to hold the HOA accountable under the laws, so homeowners can feel that there was someone on their side. That there was a viable method to ease the pain. KPHO offered no such call except to “move out.”
KPHO’s internet survey, “Question of the Day,” asking whether the Syndrome does really exist has received, after 24 hours, a steady 67% YES replies from respondents. Perhaps this will be an awakening call that the legitimate grievances of homeowner rights advocates over the years are valid! And the only reply from the national pro-HOA trade lobbying group, CAI was a faint, “But, it’s not officially recognized.” Not even a word that something has to be done to make its claims of happiness and harmony a reality. Not a word!
7 thoughts on “HOA Syndrome survey: YES, it exists!”
I don’t need a survey to tell me that HOA Syndrome is real. The question is, how do we get state legislators to believe in it so that they do something about it?
Dr. Solomon advises:
[S]end the following, via Certified Mail to your HOA board, individually and collectively and, to the management company, individually and collectively.
“If you continue on your current path of pathological persecution you do so knowing the damage you are causing; you do so with malice aforethought, personally and collectively perpetrating a significant amount of detriment to me and others. As of the date of this letter you may claim that you did not know what you were doing or the damage it was causing. Now, should you continue, as a post recipient to my letter, I am informing you, collectively and individually, that you do so with knowledge; you do not have the right to claim ‘I didn’t know.’ Your actions are both criminal and civil.
Here are 2 emails that I received in regard to this issue:
The only way I have found to cope with the HOA syndrome is to take out my check book and pay whatever the board orders me to pay. Don’t complain. Don’t criticize. Don’t speak up, even when you are slapped with a huge HOA tax assessment . . . . Homeowners are upset—but without a reasonable way to stop it—we just pay the money.
I admit it: I have suffered from an infection since 1999. The Capos (the board of directors of the HOA corporation) are the carriers of this disease. I cannot be cured until they get treatment.
The acceptance of this infection came when I paid their extortion demands in 1999. That payment included a pound of flesh. The scar will never heal, and the pain lingers on every time a bill or letter or communique comes from the HOA corporation, that pain is renewed. Fear of going to the mailbox is an understatement.
So, I must move to be cured? Perhaps I am in denial, but I disagree. Moving was the only solution offered? Really? Nobody suggested a standard, universal petition that can be used anywhere to dissolve HOA corporations and void the covenants that enable these financial/emotional terrorists to continue operating with impunity?
Surely a process to clean evil covenants and restore domestic tranquility can be offered to save communities that we find are infected with this disease?
HOA syndrome involves the abuse of government powers or when these powers fall into the hands of common people, most with good intentions. It’s the advice of predatory lawyers who make their living enforcing HOA Corporation doctrine and using human nature to turn regular folk into “the teachers”, as in the Millgram experiments. The lawyers being the authoritarian researchers demanding that the teachers continue, and they inflict horrible financial terror upon thousands of homeowners every year
This 3 day internet survey ended Sunday night. The latest results, as of 9:30 PM, was:
YES: 376 67%
NO: 155 27%
NOT in HOA: 34 6%