FLORIDA – Elderly blind man says homeowner’s association fined him $2,020 for weeds in his yard
WFTV9: Elderly blind man says homeowner’s association fined him $2,020 for weeds in his yard
February 14, 2020
Jose Torres is 79 years old and legally blind. He faced $2,200 in homeowner association fines for weeds.“I don’t understand what they’re doing. I don’t understand,” Jose Torres said.
Jose Torres relies on friends to read his mail. He found out last May that the Chickasaw Trails Homeowners Association fined him $184 because his yard had more weeds than grass. His friend, Dorothy Torres, sent the HOA a letter last May after reading the notice, explaining his disability and asking the HOA to include her on all correspondence.
She said the association attorney ignored her.
“You didn’t even make an attempt to respond to the letter and say we’re not authorized to talk to you,” Dorothy Torres said.
Eight months later, Dorothy Torres said the association’s attorney went to court claiming Jose Torres refused to mediate rules violations and he faced fines and legal fees totaling more than $2,200.
“I find that unethical, unprofessional and an abuse of seniors,” Dorothy Torres said.
The family contacted Action 9’s Todd Ulrich. Read more: