You can listen and/or download the talk show "On The Commons" taped on Saturday, November 8, 2008.
From the very beginning, homeowners associations have had problems - and the unfettered power their boards and managers have been given have cause untold problems for the homeowners. The first "solution" was to "educate all involved" but over the past three decades that education has only exacerbated the problems. Then it was thought that "disclosure" would serve to warn consumers about what they were getting before they bought that controlled unit they had their eyes on, but that turned out to be nothing more than a lot of hot air and in fact put the owners in a more precarious position than they had been before they were warned. When the legislature got involved, they only mucked things up even more which gave the judicial system the perfect dodge - the "business judgment" rule, leaving the owners a lot poorer and in worse shape than they had been in before they went to the court house. So what is left? Where can homeowners turn for help in protecting their property rights and their greatest asset?
"On The Commons" this week checks back in with the folks in Houston In October the homeowners from all corners of Texas gathered for an intense session on identifying the problems in homeowners associations and prioritizing the ones they wanted to concentrate on first. In this broadcast you will hear David Kahne go through more of the list of over 20 problems, talk about them and explain the options they had. You will also hear Bob Adolph, a member of the Adolph family who have spent countless hours tracking the foreclosure filings by homeowners associations in Harris County and posting the information on their web page, www.hoadata.