and produced by Shu Bartholomew, "On The Commons" is a weekly
radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory
homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the
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There is a rumor out there that buying a condo or a home in
an HOA not only protects but also enhances property values. I still haven't
figured just out how that supposedly works. But proponents of the regime insist
it is so. For the sake of argument I'll leave that alone for the time being. But
how on earth do they explain the fact that homeowners are responsible for the
actions or inactions of the people either elected or hired and paid good money
to "protect and enhance" your property?
Jan Bergemann joins us "On The Commons". Jan is a long time
advocate and legislative activist for protecting the rights of home and condo
owners in Florida. Jan is the founder and President of the Florida based
Cyber Citizens for Justice. He keeps a close watch on all the news related to
housing, rentals, litigation involving homeowners and pending legislation that
would affect the owners. Many, if not all, of the stories end up on his web
site. One recent story involves a $7.5 Million award to a condo owner who
seriously hurt himself when he fell into a hot tub that had been partially
emptied, ill lit and left unprotected while the necessary repairs were being
done. We talk about the case and wonder just how much it will cost the owners in
the condominium to cover any shortfall in the event that the insurance isn't
adequate to cover the entire $7.5 Million? How does the assertion that a condo
protects and enhances property values work in a situation like this?
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