Power of Home Owner's Associations Could Be Limited Under Proposed Bill

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by Audrina Bigos
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CHARLOTTE, NC- Frustrated and fed up! Some local homeowners say their Home Owner's Associations have too much power.

But new, proposed North Carolina bills could limit that power and put more restrictions on board members.

In the Mountain View neighborhood, residents say their Home Owner's Association is more like a dictatorship than a  democracy.

"I understand the HOA has good intent. They want to keep conformity, nice looking neighborhoods and things of that nature. But at the same time they have way too much authority," sais Anne Stanley, a Gastonia resident.

Stanley has watched her HOA foreclose homes of struggling families who didn't keep up with their nearly $200 dollar annual fees.

"Families just don't have it. They have way too much authority to be able to take away their livelihood and I just don't understand how they got that power in the first place," said Stanley.

Under a new proposed North Carolina Bill, an HOA would not be able to foreclose a home if the resident doesn't pay their hoa fee. It's something the sponsor of that bill says is long overdue.

"Numerous horror stories of HOA abuse, board abuse, being too quick to foreclose, fining for no good reason at all," said NC Representative Rodney Moore.

Moore is pushing several bills. On top of removing foreclosure rights, one bill would require new board members to go through training.Another would force property managers to become licensed.

"We have the ability to turn the tide and to turn these associations into what they were originally meant to be," said Moore.

Southwest Charlotte resident Derrick White is moving out of his neighborhood partly due to a overpowering HOA.

"I bought the house! So why is someone else dictating to me what I can do with my house? Unless they want to pay half of the mortgage," said White.

Like others, he's pushing for the bills to pass - hoping for peace in his new neighborhood

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