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Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.
Homeowner associations provide the most hospitable environment for fraud, embezzlement, harassment and abuse of any organization in the United States.  Claiming the relationship between the HOA and the unit owner is a private, contractual one, law enforcement and legitimate government agencies refuse to investigate allegations of wrong doing, leaving the owners to fend for themselves.  We have all heard the horror stories of individual homeowners being victimized and terrorized by the bullies on the board,  their legal henchmen and management.  Quite often those who have been targeted for abuse are too afraid to speak up and fight back, thus allowing the injustices, abuses and horrors to continue.  But what happens when an entire development is "hijacked" and held hostage?  Is there a way out for the owners? 
On The Commons this week we are joined by Melanie McKeddie. Melanie is an attorney in Arizona who, along with other attorneys in her firm, specializes in HOA law but in a complete departure from the other experts in the field, Melanie and her colleagues represent primarily the owners.  One of the cases that she is currently working on involves probably the worst abuse of power yet.   According to documents filed with the court, the president of the association is a convicted felon and disbarred attorney.  And that's just for starters.  Please join us On The Commons.  We'll find out what this law suit is all about, get to meet some of the characters who have been named as defendants in this case and learn just how bad things can get in a mandatory membership association and just how low property values can drop in an HOA.  You won't want to miss this one.  
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Comment by GUEST on 2008-08-17 19:28:10
This is a show every homeowner in America should listen to. If you are in an HOA or COA wake up. Even if you consider your association to be  
"good," or "not having these types of horrors," they are happening to innocent, vulnerable, unsuspecting homeowners everywhere in the USA and can creep into any group at any time! 
I could write and write, on, case, after, case! The fear, the outrage; the lives, careers, finances, families destroyed by one of these attacks are documented everywhere. 
The mainstream press needs to report the truth, victim, after victim. 
What about the discrimination element? Is no one watching? Does no one care?  
As some researchers have many, many victim's statements, from those who have been victimized by an abusive board, I feel there is one that speaks for so many. 
The statement below is from an educated woman, with a supportive spouse, who lives in a northeastern commonwealth. Can you imagine what those with no support system, and the elderly and disabled, are experiencing? 
These are her words. WHO WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND? Yes, there are good boards, but MANY of these groups harbor sociopathic, terrifying, greed driven bullies, who prey on the vulnerable. Who would knowingly elect to live around such people? 
The bright spot for this homeowner, quoted below, is that she has not BEEN MADE HOMELESS due to this new domestic violence, incorporating terrorist activities, practiced by far too many! 
"What needs to be understood is that the house itself becomes poisoned. It is no longer a "home" where you are safe and secure. Your safety and security is undermined. You are fearful of answering the phone - it could be the attorneys calling, or you are fearful of picking up your mail - their may be a summons, complaint, registered mail in it, bearing additional bad news/harassment/threats/litigation. You watch through your windows every spare minute and are suspicious of any car that passes - it could be the neighborhood "watch" coming around to write up additional "violations". You become suspicious of all you encounter, including the legal industry, the township government, the county government. You become paranoid - you are actually living in an atmosphere of "terrorism". When people understand those concepts (and who, in today's world cannot understand the emotional and psychological impacts of 9/11) then they will have a grasp of what is happening in CID's." 

Comment by GUEST on 2012-02-13 04:17:48
Hi Tom & Liz — you souhld send any questions about condo maintenance to the HOA Board or to KS management: or .
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