Surviving Each Other in an HOA
Communication is a lost art in some HOAs due to lack of basic people skills. Board members often get more criticism than praise and then along comes an abusive owner who makes unreasonable demands. But it works both ways. Sometimes it’s an owner that suffers at the hands of a domineering board. The term “Communication” has a warm connotation. It denotes a form of fellowship. However, if you believe the media, HOAs are police states with warlord boards. While there is always an element of truth in the stories, they are selected because they aren’t the norm (like Elderly Owner Has Condo Foreclosed) but the stories give the impression that such is the norm. Often as not, homeowners with a “my-home-is-my-castle” mentality disregard rules and regulations to challenge the HOA. Boards that are confronted by these challenges can react with defiance. Anger begets defensiveness which invites retreat or counter attack. Read the article…………..