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BEWARE OF HOA PAYMENT PLANS
Thursday, 29 December 2011

New laws affect HOAs and homeowners starting Jan. 1
In years past in Texas, HOAs could foreclose on a property owner in as little as a month for non-payment of its assessments. “You can get yourself caught up in a credit payment plan that makes payday loans look good, if you aren’t careful,” said Janet Ahmad, president of Homeowners for Better Building. And if you’re wondering how the HOA is spending your assessments, you can now request a copy of the agency’s recordkeeping. But beware, even that may cost you in copying costs and employee hours to procure it. “This open records request is extremely lucrative for -- again -- the management companies,” added Ahmad.

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HOA pushes for green grass during drought
Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Texas HOA demands green grass in a drough
...this HOA, he said, that suggested it, after they found patches of dirt amongst the withered blades in his front yard...SAWS officials say they have yet to see any homeowner deed restrictions that demand homeowners keep their lawns green. And as a public water utility, SAWS has no jurisdiction over HOAs. But the utility is asking all associations to think of brown grass as the new green, at least for now in stage-2 restrictions.

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Bad HOA Ex Board President is thorn in Ventura Community
Wednesday, 08 June 2011

Ousted HOA president demands millions
Former Ventura HOA president Lisa Pfeiffer is at it again. She's filed a multi-million dollar claim against the homeowners association after being ousted from office last year after a News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooters investigation. Pfeiffer was forced to resign last November after I reported she had closed all board meetings, spent more than $100,000 to sue several homeowners and then rigged her own re-election.

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LOBBY WATCH: Wisdom of Solomons
Wednesday, 01 June 2011

Bob the Builder’s DNA Soils House Floor Where HOA Reform Was DOA
Opponents of Homeowners Association Reform Got 5X More Money From Bob Perry and Two Related PACs Than Did Reformers 
 Bob Perry's DNA was all over the House floor last week when Rep. Burt Solomons pronounced dead his bill to reform anti-consumer homeowners associations (HOAs)... One Senate signatory of the coalition pledge was Dallas Republican John Carona, whose Associa Co. manages controversial homeowners associations. Since 2008, Carona and his wife have given $25,000 to the campaign of Dallas Democratic Senator Royce West—author of the Senate‟s spineless HOA bill. HOA reform did not die of natural causes. It was murder. "Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other." --King Solomon, 1 Kings 3:25.
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Homebuilder Bob Perry's Legislation Gets Top Priority
Wednesday, 01 June 2011

Lucrative HOA “Resale Certificate”’ and “Payment Plans” are some of the worst business practices out there
With the passage of the latest HOA laws the ever resourceful industry still maintains control of communities, the ability to impose HOA onerous fines, legal fees, and entry fees, handling fees, resale certificate fees, transfer fees, special assessments, community enhancement fees, covenant compliance inspection fee, expedited fees, delivery fees, and convenience fees that will continue to drive homeowners out of community association they can no longer afford.  HB1228 – Rep. Harold Dutton, D–Houston whose stand-alone bill originally contained only an expedited judicial foreclosure provision became the newly amended omnibus industry bill of the day with seven major changes.  With the passage of HB 1228 the flawed Senate versions of “Priority of Payment” and lucrative “Alternative Payment Plan” provisions allows HOA vendors unethical business practices to continue business as usual.

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WFAA Reports Outrage: HOA Rules No Home, No Trailer
Tuesday, 31 May 2011

HOA threatens to sue Possum Kingdom wildfire survivor
When raging wildfires destroyed 54 homes in the Possum Kingdom Lake residential area known as Sportsman's World last month, one of those houses belonged to Jim Brumbelow. Now, more than a month later — as he surveys what's left of his world — the 77-year-old cancer survivor faces new challenges in his life... The recreational vehicle and camper he is living and working out of until his home can be rebuilt is violating Article 8, Section 3(e) of the Sportsman's World Property Owners Association covenant, according to a letter Brumbelow received from a Dallas law firm. Related Report: Sen. John Carona defends controversial HOA rule

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Dalas Morning News Editorial: Bad legisdlastion passing or reform stalling
Tuesday, 31 May 2011

HOA Reform: stalemate means checkmate
The death of the HOA bill is a prime example of how special interests work in Austin. Particularly telling is that Solomons and homeowner reform groups lay the blame at the feet of homebuilder and powerbroker Bob Perry. It reflects a lot of frustration with the influence of special interests in Austin; all one has to do is suggest that pending legislation would hurt business and that the odds immediately favor bad legislation passing or reform stalling.

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HOA LAWMAKER SENATOR CARONA WALKS OUT OF INTERVIEW
Friday, 27 May 2011

WFAA News Report: Senator John Carona Featured
When asked what the "priority of payment" should be, Carona said it should be like it is with most associations...
schedule they highlighted that the last item to be paid was "Sixth - Regular Assessments," but the first item to be paid was, "First - Cost of Collection, including Attorneys fees." After this insert was shown, Shipp asked Carona, "So attorneys should be paid first?" Carona replied, "No I'm not saying that." To which Shipp responded, "You're not saying that?" Carona said, "No." Shipp persisted, "Isn't that the policy of your property management association?" To which, Carona held his hand up, turned sharply, and said, "end of interview."  See Associa Priority of Payment Contract

 
WFAA's Britt Shipp Reports: HOA Big Business, Big Controversy
Friday, 27 May 2011

Sen. John Carona defends controversial HOA rule
While state lawmakers debate proposed reforms in the law, one local state senator with HOA-industry ties says he thinks some laws should stay just as they are...Among the defenders of the current system is Sen. John Carona, of Dallas. Carona is not only the author of many of the current HOA laws in Texas, some say he benefits most...A Principal Management collection schedule obtained by News 8 spells out Carona's policies of fines, fees, the filing of a lien...according to Carona's company's payment policy, the last priority of payment, number six on the list, is to be a homeowner's "regular assessments." First on the list to be paid, attorney's fees...When WFAA asked, Carona denied that was his policy. He then abruptly ended the interview as WFAA attempted to show him a copy of his own policy. Carona then bolted out of the interview room and back onto the Senate floor. When WFAA tried to follow him, Carona ordered the sergeant of arms to have us removed from the chamber...  Related: Big Business of HOA NON-Judicial Foreclosure

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Payment Plans - "All they want is the Money"
Thursday, 26 May 2011

I-TEAM: HOA foreclosures draw attention of state lawmakers
“It’s a scary situation,” said Kimberlee Benes, whose dream of home ownership had become a nightmare.  Benes was placed on a payment plan that took months to settle-up: A plan where the HOA’s attorneys act as the debt collector, too, charging fees. Fees were issued for verifying addresses, sending demand letters, and researching owners. Benes wonders how the research went, given that she left a forwarding address, verified by the Postal Service, but still received no notices until the threats of foreclosure. “They’re just not willing to budge. You can tell them anything. You can provide them proof of everything that you’re saying is legitimate, and all they want is their money,” said Benes.

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Work of the Texas Rich and Politically Powerful?
Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Lawmaker: Builder hurt HOA bill
Dewhurst, Bob Perry aides deny interference
With a midnight deadline approaching, the Texas House author of a bill designed to make homeowners' associations more accountable said he would rather let the measure die than accept a weakened version promoted by Houston homebuilder and mega-political-donor Bob Perry. A frustrated state Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, pulled his bill down after the House accepted an amendment he said would put into law "some of the worst business practices out there."...Perry spokesman Anthony Holm called Solomons' account of last session "far-fetched." Dewhurst spokesman Mike Walz said the lieutenant governor does not have any recollection of a conversation with Perry about homeowners' associations.

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