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Old 06-16-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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This has nothing to do with RVing

I live in a deed restricted community. A management firm was hired to pay the small bills that we had. over the years it collected more and more money from the homeowners; the dues went from $35 to $125 and there was always another assement for as they would say (unexpected expenses); when asked what these expenses were there was never an answer forthcomming. The president of the association (there was never an election) simply wouldn't answer any letters or give you any answers. I took them to court; but that was usless; they just tapped into the association money and hired an attorney; (assements paid for the attorney) it was like suing yourself; even if you win you lose.
The latest is the management firms employee stole all the associations money. the management firm and the associations president is going to have another assement to replace the money that was stolen and give it to the management company.
If you don't pay these assement the management firm has an attorney that will put a lien on your home.
right now the management firm is being sued by more than 15 attorneys; I'm hoping they put him in jail and throw away the key. according to the local paper, this firm stole about $800,000 from condo associations.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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Robert.. You don't hire a lawyer for this... it's obvious they know every loophole. Hire a hit man and be done with it
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:39 AM   #3
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great idea; except then they lock me up. I still lose.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:18 PM   #4
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See if the local DA office will go after them for theft. Also contact the local Consimer Defender at the TV station.

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And this is why I won't live in a HOA community. Best of luck on this, hopefully you can find legal consul that's familiar with this situation.
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:37 PM   #6
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And this is why I won't live in a HOA community. Best of luck on this, hopefully you can find legal consul that's familiar with this situation.
For those that live in a HOA community; sooner or later it will be your turn; it may be fine now; but when you get the wrong people in charge; things change, and not always for the good.
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I was on the Board and also President of the HOA in one community we lived. The reason I ran for the Board in the first place was because of some of the things certain board members were doing. They would have be happiest if they were the Nazi Leader there. I put a stop to it and got things back on track. I had 98% of the owners behind me and we took the other 2% down...but it was not pleasant.

You need to decide what is right and go for it or decide to move. We have since moved to a nice quiet community with minimal deed restrictions, but they work.

I wish you the best of luck. You do need to speak to an attorney that specializes in HOA law.
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You need to decide what is right and go for it or decide to move. We have since moved to a nice quiet community with minimal deed restrictions, but they work.

I wish you the best of luck. You do need to speak to an attorney that specializes in HOA law.[/quote]

Moving is not an option; I had this home built 45 years ago; back then there was no HOA, a new groupe moved in and voted for deed restrictions (to potect their property values) thats a real crock; things wern't bad till 5 years ago, a new president was elected (she worked for a management firm) first thing she did was hire the management firm, she then decided to move away, she appointed the one we have now, every time someone wants to get rid of her, she gets the management company and his attorney to send threateing letters around.
I'm 76 years old, just to old and tired to fight anymore. I just keep paying and hope they just leave me alone.
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Feel for ya, Robert H....to be subjected to something that wasnt your choosing 45 years ago.

We've stayed away from the HOA type of RV parks....all can look so good on the surface, but from so many of the stories we've heard, and now yours, we'll just stay the way we are, paying rent daily, monthly or seasonally. The park we now winter at is owned by an investment firm that has a number of park model resorts in the area....wouldn't be surprised that sometime in the future, once the economy has improved, they will begin offering the RV sites off as deeded ownership sites. Sure hope not, because we absolutley love the park & the people who winter here.

Good luck with your continuing battles
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Fire them then they can't use funds for a lawyer. There must be some kind of contract. Then ask for a full audit by the attorney generals office. This the association may have to pay for. Who the hell setup the original contract with them.

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I am one of the PITA guys at our HOA. They did have a group that wanted to enforce their specific agenda. If you live in a HOA, sooner or later it happens. The few decide to be self serving rater than serve the many.

I did something I should not have, I had my house painted without their approval. That really put a bee under their bonnets. Well, they hired the lawyers and I represented myself. Florida is homeowner verses homeowners association friendly and make it difficult for them to follow through unless is is absolutely clear cut and then maybe not. I kept them tied up for 3 years, my cost $160.00 plus 1/56 of the $52,000.00 they spent.

The former board and arch committee resigned under pressure and then reasonable people took over. My Mom said I was a pain in the a-- when I was a kid and it only got worse.
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I remember one homeowner here in Florida that painted his house purple with green poka dots to make the HOA mad. I lived in a condo association for a few years and it was a real drag. Some of the folks just delighted in causing trouble. Never again.
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I lived in a condo association for a few years and it was a real drag. Some of the folks just delighted in causing trouble. Never again.[/quote]

I've heard that; over and over again;
I travel a lot and have found the same thing in some campgrounds; the volinteer hosts delight in giveing the campers a hard time.
Me; I don;t take it from these volinteer hosts; in the last summer I managed to get rid of three volinteers and one paid emoloyee for being snotty, I have a real nasty pen and i know how to use it; writing to the right people gets results.
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You do need to take them to court, Small claims might be best

Or better yet, Have a coffee chat with an attorney you are already paying for.

The DISTRICT ATTORNEY. To my untrained ears it sounds like there just might be a crime involved and that's the DA's job, may be called Prosecutor in your city.

And you have already paid his fee,,,,, Every April 15th or there about
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