Amazon review of HOA WARRIOR II: Responding to Pets, Paint, & Parking in Your HOA
Author and advocate Shelly Marshall joins a number of other homeowner rights advocates challenging the misinformation about the real lives of HOA members: Jill Schweitzer (Buying into an HOA with your eyes wide open!), Ward Lucas (Neighbors at War!), Sara Benson (Escaping Condo Jail), and yours truly, George K Staropoli (HOA Common Sense: rejecting private government). There is also extensive material from Deborah Goonan on internet blogs.
Marshall presents reality, and not the propaganda of the special interests supported by your state legislature for the good of the state. “Responding to pets . . .” is an opener to the more serious issues of HOA private regimes. She writes,
“And you have to worry that even though there are laws in place to protect you, there is absolutely no way to enforce those laws except to sue in court. The attorney general of your state and your local law enforcement will most likely call it a “civil” matter, yet HOA disputes are anything but civil. There are precious few agencies that can help you, and so you must learn to protect yourself.”
With the above understanding, and until substantive HOA reforms resolve the basic fundamental flaws of the HOA legal scheme, Marshall presents an approach to put the odds in your favor when dealing with your HOA. These are needed to help owners survive under HOA oppression and repression.
Many other “help you” books, especially those written by the special interests and their loyal and faithful followers, present what is essentially a “Never Question the Rules” (From the TV series, Wayward Pines) or board, and life will be dandy. You just have to resign yourself to secondhand citizenship. The courts have held that you, the homeowner, agreed to be treated as such.
The paraphrased Wayward rules, quite applicable to HOA-Land, go on to say,
- Enjoy Your Life In [your HOA]!
- Be Happy!
- . . .
- Do Not Discuss the Past!
- Do Not Discuss Your Life Before
“Never Question the Rules!” Never! Not so says Marshall. Not so!
Read this highly informative book . . . today.