Change occurs when the time is rightâ€”and the time, it seems, is now.
What was previously just whispered about HOAs is now publicly acknowledged, most recently in a Geico TV ad. Psychologists have emerged to warn how HOAs cause trauma. Books, blogs, websites, articles offer an HOA educationâ€”and confirm what we see in our own back yard.
Lucy Lister saw children in danger due to neglected repairs in her Aurora condo community. She followed procedure, galvanized neighbors; repairs got made! But soon after, a crew following HOA orders sawed the towering, healthy elm outside Lucyâ€™s kitchen window down â€”the tree everyone knew she adored. â€śNo one will speak up now. Not after they cut down my tree,â€ť Lucy reports.
The pandemic ripped away a curtain. In the empty space, we saw change. We created this website for Lucy, and all of us suffering loss, fear and indignity in the one place we should feel safe: our own homes.
is behind it
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
Above, bewildered homeowners at an HOA Town Hall, where the â€śpanel of expertsâ€ť offered no solutions to HOA abuse.
Because the HOA conversation has been going in circles for 25 yearsâ€”with no help in sightâ€”a small group of homeowners formed Fix Colorado HOA, LLC. We created this website to reach out, to connect and unite homeownersâ€”something the HOA system makes exceedingly difficult. HOAs are skillful at separating those who disagree from the â€śmain group.â€ť No one wants to be the â€śoutsider.â€ť But if you believe that homeowner equality is essential, you can make homeowners the â€śmain groupâ€ť and join now.
If not us, who? If not now, when? How many lives must be ruined?
we are up against
Above, an HOA attorney convinces a roomful of people why the latest HOA bill â€świll ruin HOAs and homeowners, too.â€ť
That bill contained a process for homeowner complaints to actually get investigated, and law-breaking HOAs to receive consequences. No biggie, if you donâ€™t break the law. But the lawyer argued against it with life-and-death vehemence. Why?
Well, what would happen to the fortunes made by HOA attorneys if even some conflicts got resolved in dispute resolution? How would management companiesâ€™ stock prices rise if homeowners could challenge predatory practices?
To keep revenue high, HOAs must keep regulations out!
But they canâ€™t just say they want more money!
Enter CAI. This group is everywhere! Doling out Helpful Hints on HOA Living; speaking at symposiums; educating new HOA board members. Acknowledged as the Expert on all things HOA, heeded as the Educator who tells HOAs how to succeed, CAIâ€™s proclaimed goal is â€śbuilding better communities!â€ť
In actuality, CAI is the international lobby representing the HOA Industry. Their primary goalâ€”like all lobbiesâ€”is to protect and grow industry profits.
Years ago, the Community Association Institute (CAI) was in fact a well-known educational group. (Story here.) In 1992, they restructured as a trade unionâ€”but kept their old persona. As educators, they write the lines for HOA lawyers and management companies; instruct HOA boards to keep much information secret; because their primary responsibility is not to fellow homeowners.
It wonâ€™t be easy to interrupt this amazingly successful shell game.