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On the Commons with Dr. Gary Solomon Print

The transformation of the American Dream of homeownership into the current scheme of collective, corporate housing has been a boon to local governments, developers and a $50 Billion annual industry.  It has, however, been detrimental to the owners, creating many problems from losing control over one's home, wallet, social life, beliefs, constitutional rights and peace of mind.  Associations have become a study of how not to live.  But is there more fall out from this flawed and failed experiment that has yet to be considered?
On The Commons this week we are joined by Dr Gary Solomon.  Dr. Solomon is psychotherapist, a psychology professor at the College of Southern Nevada, a researcher a published author and a Human Rights Advocate.  His research has taken him into the world of HOA living and the abuses within associations.  In his papers, HOA Syndrome and Elder Abuse in HOAs, he explores the physical and mental effects of HOA living on the folks who live in associations.  Please join us On The Commons.  We'll find out what happens to people in power and how the stress caused by neighborhood bullies can adversely affect your health.   Listen to Dr. Solomon   

User Comments

Comment by GUEST on 2011-01-14 14:25:32
Nevada has almost 3000 Homeowner Associations.  
The HORROR stories that have recentlt surfaced on Las Vegas Channel 13's Investigative Reports by Darcy Spears are shocking.  
I am sure there are MANY more abuses that have NOT been brought to the publics' attention. These abuses must be aired so that our Legislators in Carson City can deal with the unfriendly homeowner laws currently on the books hurting owners can be changed. 
Assembly Harvey Munford is sponsoring a Bill to correct many of the current abuses which will be heard in February/March 2011. 
We NEED the support of thousands of Owners living in HOAs to send a loud message to our Representitives in the Legislature. 
For more information and how to HELP make the needed revisions plesae go to 
Jonathan Friedrich 
702 822 4555

Comment by GUEST on 2010-12-02 21:59:20
HOAs have destroyed the American dream - we need to develop a simple process to dissolve these CC&Rs and cleanse our property of this plague. The damage is hurting more Americans than "love canal". My fear is that we won't resolve this situation until after mass murders become reality - do we have to wait until thousands of Capos lay dead before our legislators take action? IS THAT WHAT IT TAKES? I'd like to know what it will take to trigger the government to take action (TX legislature meets next month for 5 months...they only meet once every two years and the time is NOW to give HOAs the death penalty...kill them all and let the people re-form them if they really want them back!).

Comment by GUEST on 2010-12-10 00:01:01
We are a senior community and our newsletter states we are a homeowners association and that we are a non-common interest 55+ senior community. 
We are also a Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation. 
The board tells us we are a non-common interest development and the Davis-Stirling Act only applies to Common Interest Development and it doesn’t apply to our association because we have no common areas like a pool, clubhouse and so on. 
In my opinion, I believe we are a Common Interest Development or a Planned Development and the Davis-Stirling Act does apply to our association because I believe we do have common areas, for instance: We have CC&R’s, we have a Board of Directors, we have assessments, and we are all members of our corporation. 
Question 1: Is my opinion valid for making us a Common Interest Development or a Planned Development? 
Question 2: If we are a Common Interest Development or a Planned Development, why and what codes or statutes makes us a CID or a PD? 
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