As a concrete example of a lack of good faith by HOA attorneys, that smells of aiding and abetting the board to get around the letter and intent of the law, is the newly effective Arizona statute permitting the videotaping of board meetings. Just 2 weeks after the signing of the bill into law, and still 3 months away from its effective date, the CAI member attorneys at Carpenter Hazlewood (CHDW) began their campaign against this open meeting law. They began by offering suggestions as how HOAs can adopt what CHDW considered reasonable rules. No board came forward and said, “How do I beat this law and protect the board?” as far as I know. (Such actions by a board would in itself be a violation of its duties of good faith to the owners as a whole).
Returning to the example at hand, Carpenter Hazelwood, through the management firm of AAM, the board informed the members of the Tatum Highlands CA board’s “reasonable” restrictions that, as usual, are one-way against the homeowner. Note that the HOA government is restricting free speech by not allowing dissemination or publication of the videotapes. Now, why would anyone videotape the meeting if not to distribute it for others who did not attend the meeting? What is the board afraid of? Some hanky-panky goings on?
It is quite clear that CAI does not act in good faith with respect to either the letter or intent of the laws. Rather than adopting the CAI Central propaganda that calls for creating harmonious, vibrant communities, which the homeowners can be proud of, its minions seek total advantage for the HOA.
State legislators must face up to reality of acts of bad faith by CAI attorneys and put a stop to this madness in no uncertain terms!
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