Abolish homeowners’ associations

Published 11:39 pm Saturday, November 10, 2012

To the editor:

Homeowners’ associations are becoming the norm in many new communities, and someone searching for a new home is hard-pressed to find one not controlled by an HOA.

The problem is that once you have bought a house in a community with an HOA, you essentially give up all rights and are at the mercy of the HOA.
In the Belleharbour Woods community where I live, we have seen our HOA dues nearly double since 2010 ($37 per month to $63 per month for 2013). During this period of time, there has been no increase in amenities. For our $63/mo we have access to play area with little or no grass, a picnic area and a nature path that is less than 200 yards long. 
A homeowner’s only recourse is to put his home up for sale. But with an economy on the brink of collapse and decreased home values, selling is not an option.

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With HOA dues pushing the $1,000-a-year mark but offering no other amenities, informed homebuyers are discouraged from buying into such a community.

Many HOAs serve no purpose and are just another form of unjust taxation. They should be abolished.

Paul Collins