you can listen and/or download the latest talk show "On The Commons" taped on
Saturday, September 1, 2007. Talk show host Shu Bartholomew talks with State
Representative Julio Robaina, Distr. 117 (R), Miami/Dade about multiple
problems in condos and homeowners' associations and the SCAM
pilot program "How To Catch A Thief."
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protect property values", the headline grabbing
horror stories are "isolated incidents", "Zogby
polls indicate that 96% of all homeowners in associations
are happy", homeowners voluntarily choose to live in
associations, and if you are not happy with your board of
directors, "toss the bums out" or
Fraud? Take it to court, "it's a civil matter"
and the real government can't get involved. After all
"you agreed," you see. You've heard it all.
But how much of it has any merit at all? Or are these just
sound bites that have been repeated often enough to have become
part of the vernacular?
Representative Julio Robaina has traveled the length and breadth
of the state, listening to horror stories and asking for ideas
of how to resolve the many problems faced by his constituents.
Rep Robaina has sponsored legislation that is starting to help
tip the scales a little in favor of the homeowner. In its
infancy, his pilot program on using law enforcement to
investigate allegations of fraud in associations is yielding
dramatic results. With several arrests already made, and
more to come, the rest of the country is starting to take
to get the details of his program, find out whether they are in
fact "isolated incidents". And they discuss just how,
given all the fraud and mismanagement, associations could
protect property values?
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