ON THE COMMONS:

Professor Evan McKenzie

Author of "Privatopia"!

   

You can listen and/or download the talk show "On The Commons" taped on Saturday, March 31, 2007. Talk show host Shu Bartholomew talks with Professor Evan McKenzie, author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government.

 

They are talking about the AARP Bill of Homeowners' Rights and the necessity of such a bill to protect homeowners against board members, association attorneys and managers. Their consensus: It was long overdue!

 

They discuss the influence of the CAI (Community Associations Institute) and their absolute ridiculous claim that they were snubbed by the AARP when this bill was written! 

 

Just read the AMICUS BRIEF OF THE CAI and the opposing AMICUS BRIEF OF THE AARP in the TWIN RIVERS CASE dealing with owners' constitutional rights in associations. It's obvious that they sure see things from a different perspective!

 

Why should somebody invite a trade organization  -- and the CAI is nothing else despite their false claims that they represent homeowners -- to write a bill to protect owners' rights against the folks that this trade organization really represents? Actually, most of the owners they claim to represent don't even know this organization exists!


Professor McKenzie explains that the policy of the CAI trying to subdue any reasonable legislation will finally backfire and lead to reverse legislation, caused by outrageous cases and ugly media reports!

Listen to the interesting view points of this discussion. It sure is worthwhile listening!

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