At today’s Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Jackson, an intriguing dialogue took place between Jackson and Senator Lee (Utah). The topic raised by Lee focused on the role that the Supreme Court is to say what the law is, and the role of Congress (or state legislature) is to say what the law should be creating public policy. The Court deals with the policies set by Congress.
The role of homeowner rights advocates is to say to the legislatures what the law should be with respect to HOA-Land. It is not to say that this happened to me and it’s wrong, or my HOA does so and so, which does not rise to the level of setting policy for all HOAs/condos — no special laws for special entities.
And that’s another area where reform legislation often fails — too local. Reforms must be broad as to have general concern for the state; as the courts have held from time to time, “This case Involves legal issues of statewide importance.” And it must be explicitly stated or implied.
Public policy today is harmful to the private property rights of HOA owners, and to a denial of due process protections and violations of the equal protection of the laws, treating HOAs as if they were independent principalities. These policies and attitudes have created unjust, bad laws enforced by the courts, and used as precedent for more bad laws.
The cycle ends by advocates addressing the root cause of pro-HOA laws that treat HOA members as second-class citizens, which they are not!
The Arizona GOV committee meeting on HB 2158 yesterday heard the voice ot the HOA homeowners — the HOA citizens — on the need for HOA regulation and control of rogue boards. The members heard the horror stories, and were made awareof lack of free political speech as enjoyed by non-HOA members.
The bill passed 7 – 0 with 131 owners submitting their support for the bill, using the RTS (Request to Speak) procedure, while just 3 RTS submissions were against the bill. This procedure allows the public to submit a short statement for or against a bill, with the option of speaking at the meeting. All submissions become part of the public record and are accessible by the public.
Here is a sample of the FOR submissions at both the earlier House (195 FOR; 31 Against) and Senate hearings, by the owners themselves and not just board members:
- This bill is necessary to prevent the abuse of fundamental rights or free speech and assembly. Please support it.(WD)
- Homeowners should be able to use all the facilities of the HOA to express their concerns and ideas abou8t HOA business. Please support this bill. (PF)
- Please protect homeowners rights to voice their opinions without fear of retribution (KHW)
- This bill seeks to protect homeowner’s ability to participate in the governance of their communities and to express their support or opposition for board candidates or community ballot measures in an attempt to influence the outcome. (D Legere)
- It is criminal how HOA Boards are allowed to infringe upon one’s right to assemble/speak and impose their beliefs. (LN)
- HB2158 will allow homeowners to engage each other over concerns for the betterment of their communities. (SP)
- Please vote to protect the homeowners right to show support or opposition to HOA Board candidates. The suppressive measures that our board takes is board line criminal. (RW)
- This bill will help empower homeowners to fight against overbearing board of directors. (KC)
- We need to pass this legislation to protect the right of assembly and to redress the government for those who live in HOAs. Vote yes for this bill. (JR)
- HOA’s should not be allowed to restrict a home owner’s freedom to assembly or free speech. Regardless of which side of the ballot the home owner votes on. (LS)
- Homeowners are handicapped from effective political participation in HOA governance and fair elections will make a difference. (yours truly)
- It prohibits HOAs from infringing on Constitutional rights of owners during HOA elections. Two thumbs up! (CS)
Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Arizona HB 2158 passed the Senate GOV committee 8 – 0. YES!
I congratulate the speakers supporting this bill who told horror stories and made substantive issues of unconstitutional actions by HOAs. It was a broad bill to establish fair election and voting procedures concerning HOA governance issues.
I call to everyone’s attention my “Mgmt Case Studies” 1 and 2 reveal deep violations of the laws and governing documents by large HOAs. Worth reading at https://pvtgov.wordpress.com
“The events of 2008 – 2012 presented here span wrongful acts by an Arizona HOA and its attorney resulting in a court appointed receivership, and leading to the attorney being sued for aidding and abetting, among other things. The case then disappears from county court public records and the outcome remains unknown.
“‘Defendants have conspired to take over their homeowners association . . . for improper purposes. Defendants have utilized the Association to gain control of as much property in the community as possible, through improper means .’
“[The HOA atorney] was personally sued for: ‘Breach of Ethical Duties: Disgorgement; Aiding and Abetting; Professional Negligence; Breach of Contract; Breach of Fiduciary of Duty.’
“I do not have any additional court filings, either updates or final disposition. In May 2012, after 1 ½ years of silence, I looked into the court records only to discover that the case disappeared from public view.”
Read the full 5-page case study here.
To the concerned public and HOA members:
I am extending an invitation for the public at large, and in particular to members of HOAs across America, to join this FB group and keep abreast of critical developments and information regarding your membership and property rights in your castle, your home. Information not covered by the establishment, the self-proclaimed HOA educators.
In 2020 I released my 68-page A Plan Toward Restructuring the HOA Model of Governance, after 20 years of HOA reform activism. I also published a FAQ to answer questions regarding concern that a restructuring would damage the highly desirable HOA real estate package. “HOA” can also refer to the de facto local government of the real estate package, the condo or subdivision PUD. I believe that my plan would return HOAs to constitutional government with its protections for the rights and freedoms of citizens, severely lacking under your declaration of CC&Rs.
A detailed 27-page supplement, supporting the positions contained in the Plan and documenting the events and developments of a $22 million HOA in Arizona is now available.
Just visit the site Restructure HOAs Plan and click on the JOIN button. It’s that easy.
Hope to see you there!