By Chip Dawson
Jim Lane once faced foreclosure on his Huntersville town home, after a dispute with his homeowners association over a flower-bed full of pansies. Now he is on a mission to change North Carolina law and limit the powers of homeowners associations (HOAs).
Mr. Lane manages a website at NCHOAlaws.org for a group called the North Carolina Coalition for Homeowner Rights. The coalition is a loose-knit group representing thousands of homeowners in HOA communities across the state. Their objective: To change what they see as the excess powers of HOA boards and management companies. The website is filled with graphic stories of HOA power run amok.