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Image On The Commons is a weekly radio show, dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding homeowner associations (HOAs) and condominiums.  It is broadcast live from WEBR, Fairfax, Virginia and available on this web site.

Join us as we explore the world of homeowner associations and condominiums, which are the fastest growing form of residential development in America today.  This housing concept includes homeowner associations, condominiums, cooperatives, and both attached and detached single-family homes.  Unfortunately this type of housing is not as utopian as its advocates would have us believe.  Living in a homeowner association means giving up a part of the American dream.  It means giving up Constitutional rights and control over one’s most valuable asset - one’s home.

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 "Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right."  --- Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B Sanders

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On the Commons with David Kahne

This Interview was first aired on January 23, 2021

 David Kahne joins us On The Commons this week.  David is an attorney in Houston Texas.  He has worked in HOA and Condo law for many years as an attorney in court representing homeowners and as an advocate for HOA reform.  David has been working on an interesting case that he will tell us about.  Working through the case and doing his research, it became clear to David that some legislative fixes me be in order.  Since David will be telling us all about the case I will leave it up to him to explain it but I urge you all to tune in and listen very carefully because he is asking us for our thoughts and any ideas we may have on how to hold board members responsible for violating the governing documents.  Right now board members can fine homeowners in violation of almost everything but when a board member steps off the straight and narrow path homeowner are left holding the bag.  That needs to change   Tune in, listen in and send us your thoughts and ideas.       Listen to David Kahne    

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On the Commons with Lincoln Cummings

This interview was recorded and broadcast earlier.  

 

Byron Hanke is largely credited with being the grandfather of what we often refer to as "homeowner associations".  But this concept of homeownership includes condominiums, co-ooperatives as well as fee simple single family homes.  As I started looking at the bigger picture of HOAs, I wondered about the origins of the concept.  I called Byron Hanke several times and talked to him on the phone.  He never agreed to be interviewed but was generous with his time when it came to talking one on one.  In October of 1999 I got a call from Lincoln Cummins, one of the three founders of CAI and its second President, inviting me to a summit to be held at at Anne and Byron's house in a place called "Scientists Cliffs" in Maryland.  Scientists Cliffs served as a model for HOAs.

 

Lincoln Cummings joins us On The Commons this week.  Linc has been involved from the very beginning so has a unique perspective.  He takes us on a trip down memory lane to the very early days of association housing,  introduces us to the people involved and talks a little about the thoughts and plans they had.  We'll find out whether or not their ideas materialized as imagined or whether some things went astray.  We'll also ask Linc, hindsight being 20/20, if he could go back to the very beginning, would he do anything differently.   . . . Listen to Lincoln Cummings . . . 

 

 

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