Friday, April 29, 2005

Community Associations Institute Propaganda

Excerpt from article by Amy McCorkle entitled "Testimony on 4/26/05" concerning her testimony before the Texas House Business and Industry committee on 4/26/05

The CAI - Community Associations Institute propaganda would have you believe we are all deadbeats who would allow our property to fall apart and go to ruin if they weren't there to strong-arm and threaten us. I've never needed to be threatened to take care of my property before and I don't appreciate being threatened now. I pay a lot of money for my property, I'm sure not going to tear it up or let it run down. I don't need them to tell me when I need to mow the lawn, paint the house, repair the fence, etc... via threatening letter.

According to the CAI, all of our properties would have cars on blocks if they weren't there to tell us when we needed to mow our lawn, paint our house, repair the fence, etc... I don't know about you, but I have yet to see a car on blocks and I've lived in some pretty run down neighborhoods. Neighborhoods tend to run down because of low-income, people don't have the money to make the repairs. You'll notice the CAI is not in those neighborhoods. Nor do I see them pounding down the doors to get into the new low-income housing projects. They are entrenched in the new middle income communities where they can prey on people who are scared to lose their homes and pay up everytime they are told they have a 'violation'. Easy money. Extortion. The CAI's 'teeth', as Connie Heyer says. (Editor's Note: Connie Heyer is a paid lobbyist for the CAI)

I've been listening to the CAI during the legislative hearings. They keep claiming that 95% of people in HOA's are happy with the HOA's. If HOA's are so wonderful and people are so happy, then wouldn't you think they would be heavily advertised as wonderful places to live. Wouldn't you think they would be proud to disclose the fact you were moving into a HOA and all the wonderful benefits you get living there.

Then why is it I can't find any mention of HOA's in the real estate section of the newspaper? It's not advertised on TV. Why is it they slip the CCR's in at closing as part of the packet you didn't sign? If HOA's are so wonderful, why the deception? Why hide the information? If everyone truly wants to continue living in the HOA, then it should come up for a vote as soon as the developer turns the HOA over to the homeowners.

I can't find anyone in my HOA that is happy with it, in fact most people can't wait until it is dissolved. I don't hold out much hope of getting anything done with bills to help homeowners, so I will be concentrating most of my time and energy into getting rid of the HOA we were suckered into buying into.

Immediate compliance is expected, every violation received, regardless of the nature is allowed only 7 days for compliance. Perfection is expected at all times. Long vacations, illness, hospitalization, disability are not allowed.

APPEARANCE is EVERYTHING and most important.

The people approving the changes have no training or architectural background and yet these are the people making the decisions. Let's turn the 'management' of single family HOA's with no amenities or common areas back over to the cities and hire more people if needed.

Our property management company stands there watching the grass grow so they can fire off a violation letter the moment a weed pops up. The CCR's as written are so ambiguous, it's easy to make anything a violation.

The very least that should happen is that the full CCR's, every single page, should be disclosed BEFORE the contract is even signed. I would have run for the hills had I been presented with it before the contract was signed, instead of having the CCR's snuck into the paperwork handed to me at the title company as I was walking out the door, after all the paper work had been signed. How low and unethical.

Source: Texas Homeowner Association News

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