I will miss Donie Vanitizian, a long time activist for homeowner rights


Much to my dismay I read the following article about the late Donie Vanitizian. 


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Donie Vanitizian Family photo, 1990

“Vanitzian, 67, died Dec. 28 at her house in Del Rey, the victim of an alleged homicide.”


I wrote to the author: “She was a much underrated and unrecognized activist fighting  for the homeowners.” 

I had worked with her for over 15 years and together we fought California’s revision to the Davis-Stirling Act.  She was attacked by the Evil Empire a number of times and I came to her aid in defense.

 See Longtime L.A. Times contributor Donie Vanitzian remembered as champion of homeowner rights


She authored this Homeowner’s Guide to Davis-Stirling, published by the legal treatise publisher, Thompson-West

“For more than 16 years in her Sunday Los Angeles Times column, Donie Vanitzian helped frazzled homeowners navigate the minefield that can be living within a homeowners association.

 “The columns often focused on alleged wrongdoing by board members, management companies and other people in positions of power.

“A pugnacious advocate for homeowners, she would contact legislators on HOA-related bills and even respond to readers seeking guidance, regardless of whether she wrote about their experiences in print, one colleague said.

“She had quite the following,” said her sister Alysia Vanitzian. “She would get tons of email and mail from people living in HOAs wanting to send her gifts and money, because she was so helpful.”



Published in: on January 6, 2018 at 9:09 am  Comments (6)  

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  1. Such a loss for so many reasons. Donie cared. She gave her time tirelessly. She never wavered. I will miss her friendship and guidance always. You’ve left the world a better place, it’s time to rest in peace, Donie.

  2. I am shocked and saddened to hear of this. We have lost a tireless advocate. I am so sorry for her family and friends. I will miss her. I already do.

  3. Sorry, such a tragic loss.

  4. This is truly sad news. I am very sorry to hear that a nice person who was a strong supporter of homeowner’r rights has passed. Let’s honor her memory by continuing our good work and be advocates for homeowners who need help against unfair HOA practices. Homeowners across the USA need to have strong advocates who will stand up for honesty, equal treatment and fairness. United we will prevail. Silence is no longer an option. #2018HomeownersSpeakUp

  5. How very sad to read of this advocate’s passing. It sounds like she was a generous, caring person to help so many homeowners. What does this say about the HOA government, that this woman dedicated her life to helping homeowners to fight against their fraudulent HOA’s? The battle will never end because this form of government allows the worst people to “serve” their fellow homeowners. We all need to keep up the fight for fair and ethical representation in HOA. Thanks, George for your continued efforts.

  6. This is a tragic loss. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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