And some people wonder why HOAs (Home Owner Associations)
sometimes often usually have a bad reputation.
From The Zonie Report comes this story. . .
APACHE JUNCTION — An Apache Junction Homeowners Association is facing stiff penalties and a discrimination charge from the lawsuit of a local property owner who found her handicap van towed from in front of her home.
Sharon Turley claims the Arizona Goldfield Homeowners’ Association discriminated against her by not making “reasonable accommodations” for her disabilities and violated state law by not providing proper notice and opportunity to be heard before towing the van.
HOA officials first said they would respond to the situation in a meeting scheduled to be held the following month.
Alas, said meeting never happened.
Meanwhile, Ms. Turley’s van is racking up holding lot fees of $15/day and the owner of the lot is saying the van will be sold soon if it is not retrieved.
It seems that it’s well past time for this HOA to remove its head from a particular body orifice and do the right thing. That would of course be pay for the van to be returned to Ms. Turley and amend their CC&Rs to allow for the parking of the van.
There are, of course, two sides to every story. And I’d sure love to hear the HOAs rationalization of this one.
HOAs, properly managed and with the right Board of Directors, can do great things for a community. However, if they are mismanaged, or managed with a complete lack of common sense and civility, then they can swiftly spiral out-of-control, and bone-head decisions can prevail.