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 – Jan Bergemann
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Anyone who has ever spent any time studying the condition of housing, American style, has to wonder how We the People took a fairly simple and straightforward concept of homeownership and turned it into such a disaster. Oh, we have been fed a lot of platitudes, lied to, and with smoke and mirrors watched as individual private rights were turned into duties and obligations, making the owner a serf. No matter how one looks at it, the condition of homeownership in the U.S. today is plain wrong.
I will be offered explanations such as, “You agreed,” HOAs protect property values,” “It is the way of the future,” “Get used to it, it isn’t going away.” It is all nonsense. Not everyone is going to just roll over and accept the status quo. Remember, heroes are not made of doormats.
Jan Bergemann joins us On The Commons. Jan is the founder and President of the Florida-based Cyber Citizens for Justice, a grassroots organization protecting the rights of individual property owners. A hard working and very active advocate in all the areas affecting Floridians, Jan has studied the stories, the laws, the cases, and the trends for a number of years, and he has some rather unique insights into what is happening.
While his observations are mostly focussed on his state, the issues are definitely more national in scope. We talk to Jan about the confusion of what an HOA really is. Proponents and attorneys will tell us it is a “contract” and that we “agreed” to the provisions of the Declaration.
While we can argue that “we agreed” till the cows come home, the fact is HOAs are contractual in nature. It should, therefore, be relatively simple to understand, shouldn’t it? Why isn’t it? And just what are HOAs, really? Tune in, we’ll tell you—well, we’ll tell you what they are not. So, what are they?
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