Letter | When it comes to HOA legislation, be careful what you wish for

08/17/2014 12:00 AM

08/15/2014 6:02 PM

I am responding to the Aug. 10 article on the front page discussing the need for an HOA bill that allows residents an avenue to take their HOA boards to arbitration through a government agency created by this bill.

I have read several news articles over the past several months on this topic and have come to the following recap. There is a general consensus that most HOA’s (+90 percent) are good, responsible custodians of the residential communities they are representing. The issues seem for the most part to be where the developer is acting as the HOA for the community they are building and have not yet created a board of elected residents of the community.

Developers can be pretty autocratic in their decision process and don’t usually turn the operation of the HOA over to the residents until a large percentage of the development is sold out.

The second scenario is a resident HOA board that itself has become very autocratic and does not listen to their residents issues. A bill is not needed to fix these rogue boards, just residents getting involved and voting the current board members out at the next board election. Most HOA boards are elected to either a one- or two-year term. The problem in voting them out is finding other residents to replace them on the board.

It is easier to complain than actually get involved and do it yourself. I also question the situation where you hear of a bad HOA board from a resident and have to ask, is this the general feeling of the majority of the residents of that community or just the opinion of a few, who routinely complain and/or don’t like being told what to do (compliance to community regulations).

I would hate to see this government regulatory board created just because of a small extremely vocal minority of disgruntled residents. Then there is the cost of this regulatory board. Past articles have put the cost at $10 for each residence coming under the HOA’s responsibility plus a $100fee for the HOA board itself.

My HOA represents 82 residents. That means our annual cost would be $920. I would guess there are in excess of 1,000 HOA’s just in Horry County. Looks like a huge moneymaker for the government. I was disappointed to see that my local representatives were leaning toward supporting such a bill.

My HOA is the Colonial Trace Villas HOA in the Colonial Charters Community in Longs. I urge our representatives, Sen. Greg Hembree, pending Rep. Greg Duckworth and County Council representative Harold Worley to not give their support to this potential pending legislation. I also urge all residents in my community to let our legislators know your feelings on this issue as well.

The writer is president of the Colonial Trace Villas HOA in the Colonial Charters Community.

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