Growing Disillusioned With HOAs

In certain neighborhoods, residents must join homeowners associations, and pay them high dues and abide by strict rules. Breaking these rules can result in severe consequences, and in some extreme cases, foreclosure. How did it get like this?
Tue May 21, 2013 8:00 am
graphic by: Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Todd Wiseman

This is the second part of a series produced with the Texas Tribune about state senator John Carona, the founder and CEO of  Associa, the largest HOA management company in the United States. The first story can be read here

The slick brochure advertising homes in the  Sun City Shadow Hills neighborhood near Palm Springs has escapist senior fantasy written all over it. 

On the cover, a lush green expanse of golf course fairway cuts through two shimmering lakes and ends at what looks like a Spanish village, where uniform clay roofs sit on top of white building facades, offering a perfect color transition between the Bermuda grass in the foreground and the desert mountain landscape behind it. 

But there is trouble beneath the utopic veneer: Many of the 55-and-up “active adults” who live here have become disillusioned with the homeowners association and the property managers who run it. They worry about how their nearly

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