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Welcome to On the Commons!

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 Ward Lucas

Storytelling has always been an important and effective way of getting a point across.  HOAs are a very rich source for stories.  How better to warn housing consumers of the abuses that could be lurking right around the corner from that perfect house that feels so very much like home if you can't tell your story?  But stories, for the sake of a story is not enough, it has to be believable and the story teller has to be credible and that entails a little work. 

 

Ward Lucas joins us On The Commons.  Ward, now retired, is an Emmy winning TV anchor, investigative reporter and story teller "par excellence".  He is also a published author.  His first book, "Neighbors at War", is, as you might guess, all about the abuses and sheer insanity that is so common in HOA controlled neighborhoods. He has just published his third book, "Sometimes ya Gotta Ride the Elephant" where he takes us through his journey as an investigative reporter and TV anchor and lets us into the secrets of how he managed to get the full story for his reports, without leaving any loose ends.  It's a fun read with several lessons for us budding story tellers.  All three of his books are available on his website, Ward Lucas.com . . .  Listen to Ward Lucas

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On the Commons with David Kahn

Every year, for as long as I can remember, homeowners have gathered to talk about the problems and the issues they face in their HOA governed homes and developments.  Invariably they debate potential legislation they believe would Provide for a fair and balanced playing field.  And over the years more and more laws are added to the books in all the states.  Sometimes they succeed - for a little while - but usually they are back the following legislative session, still trying to fix the never ending problems and abuses.  I have long believed there has to be a better way and that Americans are entitled to live peacefully in their own homes.  Maybe it is time to think outside the box and try something different.


David Kahne joins us On The Commons.  David, an attorney in Houston, Texas, is one of a handful of attorneys nationwide who understands HOA laws and does represent owners against their HOAs. He has worked on a legislative agenda for Texas for as long as I have known him. This year is no exception.  We talk to David about some of the items on his legislative agenda,  some of the issues he believes need to be addressed to even out the balance of power and give the owner a fighting chance.  We talk about fines and foreclosures and legal fees.  We touch on many issues, including whether some of the legislative agenda could, or should, be tackled at the Federal level.  And we barely scratched the surface of what should be done to return full ownership and sovereignty of our homes to their rightful owners. . . . Listen to David Kahn      

 

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