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On the Commons with Barbara Billiot Stage Print

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.
 
Remember the bully in the school yard?  Remember the big kids who took your lunch money, called you names and threatened to really hurt you if you so much as breathed a word to anyone?  Remember the people who made fun of you and the way you dressed, spoke, walked and pretty much did anything?  How about the chronologically older folks who spread lies about you and made up stories of things you allegedly were or did?  Whatever happened to these people?  Did they grow up and become honest, productive citizens or did they find a more permanent niche in today's 300,000 plus residential associations where they continue to bully, harass, threaten spread rumors and generally make life miserable for their neighbors? 
 
On The Commons this week we are joined by Barbara Billiot Stage. Barbara, an attorney who was admitted to the  Florida bar just 2 short years ago and who represents homeowners, has seem the bad, the worse and the really ugly of what the HOA boards and their mentors are capable of doing and how these overgrown bullies have made life a living hell for her clients.  Please join us On The Commons.  We'll hear all about some of the bizarre cases that have found themselves on her desk and find out if there is anything that can be done to put a stop to the abuses and horrors that are rampant in residential America today.    
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Comment by GUEST on 2009-09-27 13:40:27
Thank you “On The Commons” for an excellent program that you aired. I would like to see more of these types of programs to keep the public aware of the atrocities going on in our own country. America needs to know the real life horrors of HOA's. Our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they knew just how much of the US Constitution is exempt in these "quasi governments" of HOA's. I would love to find a producer to do a "made for TV" mini-series depicting my personal account of living in a HOA in Florida where the norm everyday in my case is decapitated rats at my front door, large 4 ft plus snakes placed at front and back doors, stalking, trespassing, death threats, my car spray-painted in red with foul obscenities, my pet of 11 years poisoned with anti-freeze, horrific burglary and vandalism to my unit in which black sharpie markers were used on my white carpet and furniture, every piece of furniture broken, every interior door axed down, urine found throughout my house on walls and in electrical outlets by the 4 burglars/vandals, my legal files rummaged through (files involving litigation against this particular Association), water moccasin severed in half in defensive position placed at glass door to my home, lewd acts by board member on my patio, --- would you to hear more of what I have endured just for disagreeing with a Condominium Association? 
 
There is one way to stop the abuse of renegade HOA's that no one has yet to do and that is to expose all of the big insurance companies who pay for the defense of these board members and/or associations whether it be their D & O policies or their General Liability policies or others. Once these corporations are publicly seen as defending horrific and ungodly behavior by their insured, public outcries will affect the insurance company's bottom line - thus they will pull back from insuring this market and the bad guys will be left to have to finance their own defense for their own actions which I am sure will cause them all to think twice before treating residents the way they do.  
 
Once again, great program that you aired. God Bless you all and Barbara Stage! 

Comment by GUEST on 2009-09-27 19:23:37
Great program.... on the dangers of living in a HOA....

Comment by GUEST on 2009-12-03 16:33:07
Not all HOA's & POA's are the nightmare described...

Comment by GUEST on 2010-02-07 10:17:09
Listening to the interview, I hear the host and Ms. Stage giggling because Director's feel so threatened they have hired "body guards". I see nothing funny about anyone feeling threatened, whether it's a home owner or director. 
 
Pool monitors - didn't hear anything about the association's liability if the general public accesses the amenities and becomes injured. 
 
Legislation is the law - hence legal matters. Don't be fooled, Ms. Stage profits from alleged abuses. She's no different than any other attorney. The corporations responsibly purchase insurance to protect the corporation as well as the property owners and yet they are condemned. There are alot of generalizations made here. 
 
The host and Ms Stage discuss using pipe bombs to rid communities of associations. Is this responsible behavior? 
 
Guest on 2009-12-03 is right. Not ALL HOA's & POA's are the nightmare described. It's too bad a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch. 
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