FLORIDA – Missed $150 HOA payment has family fighting for home
Article Courtesy of WTSP Channel 10 News Tampa
By Kendra Conlon
Published January 31, 2017
A Riverview family could soon be kicked out of their home, all because they missed a $150 homeowners association payment.
“This is my life that I worked so hard for, and for them to just come in and take it,” says homeowner Luis Lopez.
10News told you how that $150 payment spiraled into thousands of dollars in fees and fines. Then, the Lopez’s HOA sold the family’s house out from under them at auction. They’ve been able to remain in it while fighting the sale.
Tuesday, the family had their final day in court begging a judge to let them stay there.
“We all make mistakes, but the unfortunate thing is if it does go in their favor, we’re going to lose our home. We’re going to lose our home, and I don’t want to lose my home,” says Tina Lopez.
Tina and Luis Lopez and their two kids have called the Riverview house a home for 12 years, but this could be the last. Their future is now in the hands of Hillsborough County Judge Joelle Ober, after they pleaded with her to stop the auction sale of their home.
“This all started with just a $150 payment that they said they never received,” says Luis Lopez.
The family says the Rivercrest HOA didn’t notify them of the missed payment for four years, and attorney and late fees skyrocketed the total to more than $4,000. Read more: