Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations (HOAs), the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.
This Week’s Show – Bobbie Goolsby
Individual freedom, along with personal and private property rights, have been eroding gradually over the last few decades. This is especially true for homeowners in mandatory membership residential associations. What is particularly galling about all this is that homeowners are told they knowingly and willingly gave up these rights—they ” agreed” and some go so far as to add “so stop your whining!”
This is a total misrepresentation of the facts. No sane person in the world would agree to subject themselves to double taxation and the unfettered abuses of an industry gone wild. The harm that can be done to families, as well as to the health and welfare of the citizens and especially the children living in HOAs, can easily be demonstrated by this story.
Bobbie Goolsby joins us On The Commons. Bobbie, a loving grandmother bought her granddaughter, Emma, now 6 years old, a pink playhouse. This playhouse is Emma’s safe space; it is her world. It is where she goes to feel safe, to get her therapy, to relax, to unwind, and to mend and try to get better. It is what every home should be.
This is something Emma understands. It is a concept that the neighborhood HOA does not appear to understand. Calling it a “metal shed,” they demand it be removed immediately or face a court battle. This, despite the fact that the homeowners were assured, BEFORE buying their home, that the playhouse would not be a problem.
In a candid and heartfelt interview Bobbie tells us about Emma and how they almost lost her. What she means to the family and the joy this precious, friendly, and outgoing child brings them.
Again, I have to ask myself, why do we need HOAs?
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