NORTH CAROLINA – Raleigh HOA settles dispute over wheelchair ramp
The settlement by Carriages at Allyn’s Landing Owners Association and property manager VPJ Enterprises includes a $5,000 donation to Operation Finally Home, which builds mortgage-free homes for wounded and disabled veterans, and $15,000 for Legal Aid of North Carolina, which represented homeowners Cindy and Ian Block.
The Blocks installed a wheelchair ramp to the door of their townhome in the neighborhood, which is off Old Lead Mine Road, in 2009 to accommodate Cindy Block’s disabled mother. The HOA instructed the couple they could have the ramp as long as it was needed, but the association ordered it removed in 2011 after her mother died, according to a lawsuit.
The Blocks obtained a note from an optometrist noting that Cindy Block is legally blind and asking that the ramp remain, but the HOA again put conditions on the ramp’s continued presence, such as requiring it be removed before the Blocks ever sell the townhouse, the lawsuit states. Read more: