Pets, Paint, and Parking--disputes over the three Ps are usually where people who bought into an association begin to understand that life in an HOA or Condo Association is not as rosy as the real estate agent led you to believe. Sure you don't have to worry about the guy next door putting three or four cars up on cinder blocks in the front yard, but what you do have to worry about now is nosy Nazi neighbors, parking a truck in your driveway, the color you paint your house, the weight of your dog, and how much you are libel for when a bully board loses a lawsuit. You have to worry about the management company giving kickbacks to the board or hiring their cousin Louie to do maintenance, whether the board, management or collection agency is wasting your money or even embezzling it!
You have to worry about tiny infractions of the CC&Rs that may lead to you losing your home.
And you have to worry that even though there are laws in place to protect you, there is absolutely no way to enforce those laws except to sue in court. The attorney general of your state and your local law enforcement will most likely call it a "civil" matter, yet HOA disputes are anything but civil. There are precious few agencies that can help you, and so you must learn to protect yourself. The first line of defense is responding to your board in ways that give you the advantage. This means being professional, understanding your rights, not pissing off the trustees, and unfortunately playing the game.
HOA Warrior II lays the foundation to play the game to your advantage. This is done in forms, sample letters, requests and strategic planning in order to avoid disaster. This eBook explains what type of forms to use, and how to respond to most issues in your Association. The forms are not included in the eBook but you get FREE access to every one in a zip file that you may download for your personal use.
HOA Warrior I tells you how to organize and fight a bully board while HOA Warrior II talks to Members and Trustees demonstrating the best ways to avoid disaster before you get into the HOA wars. This book is intended to help Members prevent the worst case scenario and designed to help them become better board members when it is their turn to serve. The forms are designed for Members, Trustees and Management companies to use.
This edition is updated for 2021/22 legislative sessions for most States and Territories.
About the Author
Originally Shelly was a hippie out to save the world with LOVE. But it didn't take long to understand that her best thoughts had little effect on the ways of the world. No matter how many daisies she stuck in the barrel of a cop's gun, it didn't do much for making the world a safer place.
Because of her innate sense of fairness, her degree in Human Services was a natural. She is a published researcher in peer reviewed journals and has recently published research on associations and how boards abuse members. Shelly is a writer of self help books in the field of addiction and verbal abuse; she works with alcoholics and their families around the world; she is a guest speaker and trainer for counselors. Her work as a Homeowner Advocate for HOA law came from personal experience. Learn what the homeowners in her association learned—her experience will benefit the person just beginning the battle in HOA hell.
Her association, which was a David and Goliath type of battle, was eventually won. Shelly and 225 of her closet neighbors won the battle. Shelly is a published researcher with her most recent study published in the peer reviewed journal, Housing and Society (HOA power relationship, problem-solving, and communication patterns during a major building renovation construction crisis). She is now considered an advocate for homeowners rights and is working to help abolish as many associations as possible.