Kent Nauman  &

Jean Winters, Esq. (Florida)

Here you can listen and/or download the latest talk show "On The Commons" taped on Saturday, September 27, 2008. Talk show host Shu Bartholomew talks with Kent Nauman and Jean Winters, Esq., about some outrageous cases of abuses by associations.

The opposite of order is, I am told, chaos and heavens, we really can't have that.  Therefore, in an orderly society we follow the rules.  So rules are rules and we are to obey them.  At least that is what the rule books all say.  There are harsh penalties for violating some rules. I am not talking about laws here, but rules.  And in a civilized society I quite agree with the notion of adhering to certain norms and accepted standards but does that mean we have to obey every single rule that some bright spark entered into a rule book someplace?  And what about the rules that are so ludicrous?  If the rules harm us, are we required to endanger ourselves for the sake of a rule?  And how on earth do we end up with such stupid rules in the first place? 

Kent Nauman, a condo owner, has experienced firsthand what happens when he violated a leash rule adopted by the board of his association.  The rule limits the length of pet leashes to 4 feet but a short leash on his two dogs would cause him to fall.  We'll  hear more about this particular rule and we'll find out how it affects Kent, why following it would cause him harm and the next step in this 6 year battle.  


Jean Winters is a Florida attorney who got her law degree after having had a long career as an electrical engineer and now is in a select group of attorneys who represent homeowners, as well as some homeowner associations.  Jean has a lot of insight in what is happening in Florida's many condo and homeowner associations.


You'll hear all about stupid rules, abusive boards and attorneys who try to make some sense of it all.



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