HOA

COMING SOON TO A CONTROLLED COMMUNITY NEAR YOU . . .

Most of us aren't allowed to keep and carry guns at work. As a private corporation, an H.O.A. is no more constrained by the Second Amendment than your employer is. There is no law that prohibits H.O.A.s from regulating guns. Nor there is any law prohibiting H.O.A.s from entering your home to search for covenant violations - which is often done under the guise of "safety" inspections.

"In Colorado, HOAs are governed under the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS), Article 33.3, Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act. Arguably, more property rights are violated at this most local level of government than any other. When a homeowner's property rights are violated by their HOA, they have few options - other than to move." - Libertarian Party of Colorado, 01/21/2008

“Homeowners associations are prevalent and their actions impact property values, property rights, living environment, and personal rights of the residents; and many of the HOA’s have abused their power, disobeyed the law, and generally acted in ways harmful to their members.” - Larimer County Republican Party, 2006.

Nearly half of Colorado's population is governed by some type of H.O.A. corporation. If the gun-owner control lobby wants to circumvent the legislative process - and inevitable constitutional challenges in court - their billionaire-benefactors could fund an effort to amend the governing documents of H.O.A. corporations across the state to ban guns. Contrary to popular belief, changing H.O.A. rules does not always require consent of the homeowners - especially when well-funded H.O.A. managers and H.O.A. attorneys and H.O.A. lobbyists have a financial incentive to amend the rules in ways that allow them to profit even more from the homeowners.

"To raise revenue for goods and services, HOAs lack taxing authority but not the power to charge assessments, which makes their inability to tax more a legal distinction than a real constraint. HOAs’ enforcement powers for failure to pay assessments equal those of local governments and allow them to place liens or foreclose on property, a power that the courts have upheld repeatedly." - Homeowner Associations As Private Governments, 2011

As Ben Franklin warned us over two centuries ago, "Homeowners who give up their liberty in exchange for the false promises of protecting property values will receive neither liberty nor protected property values."