Here 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."
For details about this program please go to:
Associations 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 "move".
Embezzlement? 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 notice.
Listen 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?