“Now is the time for all good homeowner advocate leaders to come to the aid of member-owners”
living in HOAs and suffering abuse, financial and emotional distress as a result of BODs being protected by Arizona laws. These abuses are easy to understand and support! (See HOA Common Sense: rejecting private government and The HOA-Land Nation Within America).
A quick and simple — but highly effective — bill that was proposed in March 2011 and will bring relief to homeowners being treated a second-class citizens by state laws in support of the HOA legal scheme. It was ignored by Arizona advocates and dismissed by the Legislature.
“No provision of any contract or any declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions . . . is enforceable in this state unless the party seeking to enforce the provision proves by clear and convincing evidence that 1) the provision being enforced was knowingly and voluntarily agreed to by all parties . . . . Any representation or statement offered as clear and convincing evidence . . . shall include a signed statement containing the following, beginning with “I understand that I can ask that the following be read and explained to my satisfaction.”
“So reads an excerpt from my proposed “Truth in HOAs” statute that should be made law in each and every state. That is, if indeed the legislature stands by the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, which we are hearing so much about in the media nowadays.”
The “The Truth in HOAs Act,” as I called it, allows each state to modify the proposal in accordance with its state HOA/condo acts — shown in square brackets . Also, subsection (3) contains a list of acknowledgements that can be tailored to each state’s advocate lobbying efforts. See Arizona Truth in HOAs statute (pvtgov.org). The essential bill section is contained in subparagraph (4).
“Therefore, in reference to subsection 3(d) above, the CC&Rs or Declaration for any planned community, condominium association or homeowners association shall state that, “The association hereby waivers and surrenders any rights or claims it may have, and herewith unconditionally and irrevocably agrees to be bound by the US and State Constitutions and laws of the State as if it were a local public government entity.”
The real estate subdivision or condominium will not be affected by requiring HOAs to join with other forms of local government and be subject to the Constitution as a home rule entity. See HOAs violate local home rule doctrine and are outlaw governments.
This 2022 legislative session offers a unique, one-time opportunity to get the message across and to educate the legislators. Remaining silent on the issues only plays into the pro-HOA hands of CAI and offers excuses by the media not to cover HOA abuse. Not only will you find “ammunition” in support of your arguments as contained in the 2 above publications, but also in my Arizona Supreme Court amicus brief filed and accepted in Tarter v. Bendt (see note (vi) in Can HOA members expect justice in Arizona courts?).
My arguments are summarized in the Commentary. As is my approach, my arguments are supported by legal authority and hard evidence documents, which CAI ignores and YOU lose! They must be exposed if the legislators are to be fully informed on the reality of HOA-Land. As leaders who are internet publishers, actions speak louder than words!