A very important and lengthy exchange on substantive matters regarding the HOA legal structure and concept can be found on Evan McKenzie’s The Privatopia Papers blog. The topics of discussion are the legitimacy of private HOA government and the validity of CC&Rs as contracts.
Participants, as of this writing, including McKenzie, are Tyler Berding, a California attorney, and homeowner rights advocates Fred Pilot, Fred Fischer and yours truly. The discussion is under the heading, “Do owners believe CC&Rs are contracts?” in the January 2012 postings. The debate was triggered by Pilot’s post of December 31, 2011, commenting on a article wherein he states, “That’s because people don’t see HOA covenants — a real property contrivance — as contracts,” and, “In addition, many property owners don’t see HOAs as legitimate governing authorities.” There are an additional 10 comments on this posting as of this writing.
Follow the debate at The Privatopia Papers.
Thanks to Evan McKenzie, author of Privatopia (1994) and Beyond Privatopia (2011), for publicizing this important debate.