KOKOMO TRIBUNE: Local couple accuses homeowners association of housing discrimination
By Cody Neuenschwander
February 1, 2018
A local couple is claiming defamation against a homeowners association, claiming their attempts to build and add to a home have been plagued by undue inconveniences and harassment because they are black.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Indiana Southern Court by Tonca and Terence Watters, outlines an alleged series of events starting in 2013 and continuing through the end of 2017, and lists members of the Homeowners Association at the Preserve at Bridgewater as defendants.
Edward Mamaril, who is listed in the lawsuit as the president of the homeowners association and is mentioned throughout the document, said on Thursday that he was unaware of the newly filed suit, and declined to comment in-depth. However, he said he was aware of the contentious situation, adding the allegations “may be frivolous.”
The lawsuit says the Watters purchased two lots in the Preserve at Bridgewater subdivision in 2013, and at the time were the only African-American couple in the subdivision. The couple alleges in the lawsuit they didn’t receive the same level of access as white residents to HOA bylaws and meetings. Read more: