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When I saw the lawyer’s return address on the letter in our mailbox I knew something was up with the Home Owners Association [HOA].
I opened the envelope and began to read the letter + the attachments, written in legalese, describing what the HOA wants us, the homeowners, to decide about changing our by-laws.
I like our HOA. The people on it do a good job of informing us in a timely manner about break-ins and coyotes and streets under repair and pool closures. Things like that, plus they do a great job of keeping the entrances looking spiffy.
They earn their keep; however I find this proposed addition to the by-laws to be a dicey issue.
We are being asked as a group to decide if a registered sex offender [in any state] can buy or rent a house in this large subdivision.
I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong answer to this proposed addition to the by-laws because while it may be legal, this is a morally murky area.
I mean, if someone has done their time for their crime do we have the right to not let him or her live here? Or is this a high-handed way to snoop inside the lives of other people?
And further, what about domestic violence perpetrators with a police record? Or drunk drivers with multiple arrests? Do we refuse to allow them to live here? They worry me as much as, if not more than, registered sex offenders.
Like I said, no clear answer here– but a great topic of conversation. What say you to this? Comments are open below.