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On the Commons with Gary Solomon Print
The horror stories  and tales of abuse in America's HOAs keep pouring in and there seems to be no end to the sheer gall and stupidity of some Homeowner association board members and managers. The alleged violations range from the ridiculous to the heartless to the absurd. 
 
Beyond the petty peeves of the small minded nits in the neighborhood, another emerging characteristic, or by product, of these 'hoods appears to be verging in the barbaric.  In a recent story out of Florida, an 80 year old gentleman was evicted by the HOA for planting vegetables in his small garden patch.  The stress of being alone and homeless sent him to the hospital with heart problems.  As if that wasn't bad enough, the neighbors actually cheered when they heard the news.  
 
What makes people in kontrolled kommunities react with glee at a neighbor's misfortune?  In the days before these new fangled "ghettos" became as common as muck, neighbors were friends and pitched in to help.  They had real communities.
 
Joining us On The Commons this week is Dr. Gary Solomon.  Dr Solomon, a psychologist in Nevada,  noticed that something was amiss in the shiny "community" he moved into.  While the grounds may have looked manicured, the residents did not appear to be particularly happy and he wondered why.  His research led him to write a couple of papers on HOAs, the HOA Syndrome and Elder Abuse.  And since then he has been cautioning us about the harmful affects HOAs have on our health.  We talk about the health issues and the potential for further abuses with new technology that could make America's kontrolled kommunities, or ghettos, as Dr. Solomon calls them,  even more stressful.     Listen to Gary Solomon   

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Comment by GUEST on 2014-04-11 18:02:06
Great information. Dr. Solomon has certainly nailed it with "HOA Syndrome". The bullies and ego maniacs which get into power can really mess with their neighbors not just financially but also psychologically. I am a perfect example after being arrested for swimming in my common pool and all the ramifications of being intimidated by my fellow boards members so that I had to short sell. The good news is that I got my conviction set aside and the real culprit at the Venetian condominiums just resigned from their board. I am hoping these folks can now live in peace. A big thanks to Dr. Solomon for his efforts in trying to help HOA members and to you Shu for making all the information available. Keep up the great work.
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