Press Release: Community Associations Institute CEO Responds to Foreclosure Case
foreclosure over $123 debt to spark legal challenge
Mr. Rathburn, Ms. Berger,
Legislators, Friends and Members,
case shows clearly what homeowners said all along: The CAI shouldn't
have talked Governor Schwarzenegger into vetoing the CA
anti-foreclosure bill AB2598. It would have stopped this ridiculous
case -- and many others!
fault the people, who talked Governor Schwarzenegger into vetoing
this bill, for every case we will read about in the media -- week
after week! I just hope these people can still sleep?
North Carolina it was about $70, in California it's about $123 --
and the list will go on! Just the headlines from last week!
Read the story at: http://www.ccfj.net/HOAforecl123.html
Berger, attorney in the law firm of Becker&Poliakoff and
spokesperson of CALL, another group connected to the CAI, just
stated when talking about this veto:"Thankfully, more
rational thinking prevailed and the California initiative was
defeated." Great to know that she thinks that the majority of
California's legislators is not thinking rational. Or did she forget
that the bill in question passed the CA legislature -- House and
Senate -- with a nearly unanimous vote? But, like usual, everybody
not in agreement with the CAI party-line is accused of not
thinking rational! Let's get used to it!
activists all over the nation were disgusted when the bill,
supported by homeowners and consumers, was vetoed. But the CAI
the CAI is busy doing damage control. And they will be very busy
since they are obviously unable to control their own members!
Homeowners all around the nation are getting sick and tired of
hearing the stupid excuses from a trade organization that we feel is
causing the problems in the first place. We homeowners don't want to
hear "responses" from CEOs and more excuses. Since years
we hear every time that it's just another insulated case and people
speaking out are just a few disgruntled homeowners -- or dissidents!
Families and retirees are losing their homes and we're hearing the
since the CEO of the CAI is so concerned about necessary
education it would be about time that he starts with educating his
think it's time they send their brochures to their own members and
ask them to read it! And if an association suffers hardship from a
member not paying $70 or $123, they should look into other means of
paying bills. May be cutting down on all the legal expenses?
read the press release below and start wondering: Is this really
what our society stands for?
absolutely against deadbeats, but would you call somebody, who
didn't pay $123 in association dues -- or an elderly lady, who
forgot to add $3,50 in late fees -- a deadbeat? But they were
you agree, you might give Mr. Rathburn a call and let him know. He
listed his telephone number below for that purpose -- I guess?
since the CAI seems to be unable to stop its members, it's left to
our legislators to protect the consumers and stop this abusive
behavior. It's about time!
my opinion -- and on that note:
Release: Community Associations Institute CEO Responds to
Community Associations Institute CEO Responds to
Friday December 10, 5:58 pm ET
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas M. Skiba, Chief
Executive Officer, Community Associations Institute, responds to
"Home foreclosure over $123 debt to spark legal challenge"
(Chico Enterprise Record, December 9, 2004):
* This case reinforces the continuing need
for education and effective communication, both for the volunteers
and professionals involved in community association governance and
for individual homeowners. CAI is doing its part to create
principles and practices designed to prevent miscommunication,
misunderstanding and miscalculation.
* Nobody wants to foreclose on a home, not
a bank, not a lender
and certainly not a community association. That's why foreclosure
should always be used as a last resort, applied only after all other
reasonable measures have failed.
* People occasionally face financial
hardship -- a lost job, for
instance -- and in those cases many community associations do work
with homeowners to develop deferred or special payment plans.
* CAI is committed to working with
homeowners, lenders, consumer
advocates and government officials in California and elsewhere to
address this type of unfortunate situation.
* Rather than becoming embroiled in
individual disputes, CAI's mission is to foster effective,
harmonious and competent community
associations. That is the purpose behind everything we do, from
providing education courses and publications to advocating for
community association governance that is rational, reasonable and
* The delivery of services in a community
association -- from
maintenance and landscaping to trash services and street lighting --
depends on all residents meeting their obligations. Residents who
don't pay their assessments -- as they contractually agreed to do
when they purchased their homes -- are cheating their neighbors,
their community and themselves. When some homeowners are delinquent,
either their neighbors must make up the difference or services and
amenities must be curtailed. That affects everyone in the community,
perhaps even leading to a decline in property values.
CAI is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering
vibrant, responsive, competent community associations. The
16,000-member organization, which includes 55 regional, state and
local chapters, represents professional community managers,
community association volunteer leaders (homeowners), management
companies, and businesses and professionals who serve these
communities. Member services include educational resources,
advocacy, professional designations, books and periodicals,
conferences and seminars. More than 50 million Americans live in an
estimated 260,000 homeowner and condominium associations,
cooperatives and other planned communities.
Foreclosure is among the principles included in Rights and
Responsibilities for Better Communities, series of practices and
principles advocated by CAI and adopted by community associations
nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.caionline.org.
CONTACT: Frank Rathbun, Work: +1-703-797-6261, or Home:
+1-703-256-7731, or FRathbun@caionline.org.