Dec 16th 2011 6:31PM As a real estate broker in the South Florida area, I have seen my share of "condo commandos" which is the title we use more or less for both condo associations and HOAs. Even though they are regulated by different state statutes, their mission is basically the same. They should be a regulating body that drafts and enforces a set of rules designed to preserve a community. While I can see a need to have associations for properties that have common areas such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and club houses that require upkeep and general maintenance, most of the associations have too much power and authority. There are many associations in South Florida whose only apparent purpose is to exist in perpetuity. There are no common areas to maintain and all the board does is look for violations, real and perceived, committed by their fellow residents. Keep in mind the type of individual that typically serves on a HOA or condo board. As it is a thankless job in which the board member cannot legally receive compensation, there are very few volunteers to sit on the board. In view of this, most people that actually sit on the board are people with little or no real estate management experience, no leadership experience, and little or no people skills. This is a recipe for disaster. I would also submit that this board falls into the useless category as well. I would also hasten to point out that as this playhouse was medically prescribed, it falls within the scope of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and therefore should be exempt from bureaucratic minutia of the association. If I were these people, I would sue the association under ADA and really give them something to worry about.
Jul 18th 2010 5:51PM If he is moving out of NYC, that means he is probably moving back to the United States.