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Escaping Condo Jail Paperback – October 8, 2014
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Her book is full of the HOA horror stores those of us in advocacy positions have become all too familiar with. But we need to know what can go wrong to begin to understand how to prevent it or fix it when it happens to us.
A surprising solution is her suggestion that serving on the board be mandatory. This quote particularly made me laugh, "Most of the angst of running for the board would be removed, because all association members would be eligible to be called upon to serve their terms. Do you risk ending up with the “village idiot” as a board officer? Of course, but nothing could possibly be any worse than some of the politicians who have held office in Washington, DC."
For anyone trying to walk through the maize, this is a horror story in the sense that the bad guy keeps rising no matter how many times you think you have beaten him. Yet at least it offers some creative ways out, things you may not have considered. I think Sara's book is a great addition to the growing number of resources for owners fighting their way out of HOA Hell.
I'm an avid book reader and book buyer but I rarely review books on Amazon. As I sit at my desk tonight holding a copy of Sara Benson's and Don DeBat's book, Escaping Condo Jail, I'm going to make an exception. This book should be in the hands of absolutely every condo owner in America.
It's not exactly an easy read. Oh, it's very well-written and entertaining, of course. But it's the most comprehensive book I've seen on surviving the wild and often nasty world of homeowners associations. In 600 pages of materials these two authors exhaustively explain how to survive condo life without going stark, raving mad. Buying into a condo association, a co-op, a neighborhood association of any kind is like walking over a melting, cracking glacier. It's dangerous. It can cost you your life savings, your family, your sanity. Sadly, in most major metropolitan areas you don't have much of a choice.
Escaping Condo Jail discloses all the hidden dangers of neighborhood life, but it's absolutely not a dull read. Benson and DeBat weave their warnings in a great story-telling fashion relating scores of stories of families across the country who've found themselves in incredible trouble, from lawsuits to fines to condos overflowing with cockroaches and filth. There are humorous stories as well and these co-authors are wonderfully clever.
Best of all, this book gives all homeowners, board members and neighborhood volunteers a step-by-step checklist of how keep you and your HOA safe from the kinds of nightmares that have ruined life in hundreds of thousands of HOAs across the country. Don't even consider becoming a board member or volunteer without getting a copy of this book. Beg, borrow or steal one. Don't steal mine because it's now become my permanent reference book for all things HOA.
After 6.5 years of litigation; a forced bankruptcy; 2 refusals to foreclose on the property (which condo associations have the right to do), 4 court appearances, I finally had the mercy of a Judge that ordered a mediation with the Board.
During the mediation and continued litigation, I purchased this book. It provided the information I needed to assist in putting closure to the years of “condo jail”. If you find yourself in a similar predicament and think there is “no way out”, Sara has many facts to assist you in the finding a “way out”. The is the “instructor’s manual” to understanding your rights as a condo owner. I refer you to page 492 where she points out there is NO federal oversight and scant city, state, and municipal oversight. Page 394 was my “way out” by identifying the Board was not acting in the best interest of the homeowners by not meeting their “fiduciary responsibilities”.
It took 7.5 years, but I am finally “free”. Find out how you can be free, too, and purchase the book!