(Columbia, SC) – Throughout this campaign, I’ve emphasized that I am a fighter. Today, I want to address a core issue that I will tackle head-on from day one if elected.
Serving as the President of the Pine Grove Piney Woods Community Alliance for the past seven years, I have gained intimate knowledge of residents’ concerns and the dangers of unchecked HOAs. In South Carolina, over 400 Homeowners and Neighborhood Associations operate without oversight or regulation from external authorities. Shockingly, HOAs rank as the second-largest category of complaints received by the Better Business Bureau. Every year, thousands of allegations surface regarding HOAs imposing excessive fees, resorting to intimidation and harassment, and overstepping their authority.
If elected, I am committed to amending the South Carolina Homeowners Association Act to ensure HOAs operate while upholding the rights of individual homeowners. This commitment involves implementing policies that enhance transparency, accountability, and ethical conduct within HOAs, as well as preventing them from imposing liens or foreclosing on homes.
In office, I pledge to work closely with the legislature, homeowners, and regulatory agencies to end this era of mob-like control and abuse.
As your next Senator, I will take the following steps:
1. Public Meetings: I will host a series of public meetings, not only in my district but across the state, to listen to homeowners and their experiences with HOAs.
2. Fines Limitation Bill: I will introduce a bill that caps HOA fines at $1000. Any fines exceeding this limit will require court approval.
3. Due Process Protection: I will ensure that HOAs cannot foreclose on a property without due process of law. Homeowners will have access to diversionary programs before facing immediate foreclosure.
4. Regulating HOA Fees: Homeowners Associations must justify their fees based on services rendered and amenities offered in a particular neighborhood. No more arbitrary fee assessments.
5. Transparency in Home Building: Builders must disclose any financial interest in HOAs or property management firms that oversee the neighborhoods they develop.
Homeownership remains the cornerstone of the American dream and a source of wealth, especially for African-American families. I will not allow this dream to be jeopardized over a few hundred dollars in disputed fines and fees.
On October 24th, I humbly ask for your vote and the opportunity to fight for you and your family.
Remember, I’m Johnnie Cordero, the first name on the ballot.
In service and gratitude,