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RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL: Residents poke fun at Somersett Owners Association for demanding Christmas decor come down
Dan Rowan’s suspects Elf on the Shelf may be to blame for the holiday decorations that violate his homeowner’s association.
Rowan, a local optometrist who lives on Deerbrook Court in Somersett, received a letter informing him that his holiday decorations had to come down. Rowan and neighbor Tierra Bonaldi, added the 6 foot by 10 foot inflated JOY sign near their homes and an inflatable Santa and mailbox, where kids can send letters to St. Nick, in the roundabout in front of their homes.
The HOA violation says people can’t landscape or add improvements (including Christmas decorations) to a common area in the upscale community in Northwest Reno unless they have written permission from the association.
“Please remove the decorations,” the note from the HOA said. Read more:
Article Courtesy of WPTV Channel 5
By Alanna Quillen
Alanna QuillenPublished November 24, 2018
They say the problem lies with HOA parking rules that they believe are just too strict. Now, those neighbors have had enough.
CCFJ.NET: Disabled Veteran Wants A Porch
|Article Courtesy of Channel 7 News — Miami
By Patrick Fraser
Published November 10, 2018
He is a wheelchair-bound veteran, suffering from multiple sclerosis. One joy in his life would be to sit on a porch to watch the birds in a pond behind his house, but his association is blocking him from building the porch. That’s why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
CCFJ.NET: ‘Parkland Strong’ signs must come down, community association says
|‘Parkland Strong’ signs must come down, community association says
Stoneman Douglas parent decries decision to remove them by November
“It makes them feel positive. It makes them feel supported. Why should something like that be taken down?” said Donna Ali, whose daughter is a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
However, Ali said that is exactly what her homeowners’ association at Parkland Golf & Country Club wants her to do.
Ali’s neighborhood has about a dozen Parkland Strong signs dotting the front lawns of houses. “In keeping with the memorial plans, the community relations committee is asking residents that have shown solidarity with the MSD family by placing memorials in their yard to take them down by Nov. 15,” board members wrote in an email.
For Ali’s family — especially her daughter, Ariana — the signs stand for much more.
“She did lose one of her friends, and a couple of other friends were injured,” Ali said.
After Ariana took to Twitter with outrage for being told to take down the sign, her mother received another email, which referred her to someone else.
“He said that is just one of the bylaws, that we need to take down lawn signs,” Ali said. Read more:
Kansas City Star: Olathe HOA landscaping dispute heads to appeals court as legal costs near $1 million
BY JUDY L. THOMAS
October 26, 2018 12:23 PM
Updated October 26, 2018 04:45 PM
As legal costs soar toward $1 million, a years-long court battle over a landscaping project in an Olathe HOA is headed to the Kansas Court of Appeals.
The board of the Avignon Villa Homes Community Association has filed notice in Johnson County District Court that it is appealing a ruling issued in January by Johnson County District Judge Rhonda K. Mason.
Many assumed the ruling would settle once and for all the lawsuit that homeowner Jim Hildenbrand filed against the Avignon Villa Homes Community Association in 2013.
Mason found that the HOA treated Hildenbrand unfairly when it denied his application for the landscaping project. But she also found that Hildenbrand violated the HOA’s rules by failing to fill out the proper application before installing the project, which features a long, low accent wall running the length of his house. So the judge ordered Hildenbrand to pay $25,000 in damages to the HOA.
“The board believes it is important to maintain the viability of our governing documents and to protect our association from future unauthorized construction,” said HOA president Jesse Hernandez. “Therefore the board has decided that the association will appeal Judge Mason’s ruling.” Read more:
The Post and Courier: Property Manager Admits to Defrauding Charleston Communities of $700K
A Charleston-area property manager accused by dozens of homeowner associations of pocketing more than $700,000 of their money now faces prison time on a federal criminal charge.
Karen Colie, who owned Marshland Communities on Johns Island, was charged Wednesday with wire fraud. She promptly pleaded guilty to the felony that carries up to 20 years behind bars and a $250,000 fine. She was not immediately sentenced.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston, Colie’s plea agreement called for her to pay back every “identifiable victim” that fell under her scheme.
Colie had already been the target of a lawsuit in which 47 homeowner groups accused her of overbilling or charging for services that her company never performed. All told, she had boasted being hired by nearly 60 neighborhoods, including Shadowmoss Plantation in West Ashley and Liberty Hall Plantation in Goose Creek.
The criminal charge came through an “information,” which in federal court allows for a quick guilty plea without a grand jury indictment.
Her attorney, Cameron Blazer of Mount Pleasant, said the housing crisis that contributed to the recession a decade ago had created many difficult years for property managers. Read more:
FLORIDA – Villages couple appalled at classification of American flag as non-compliant “lawn ornament”
CCFJ.NET: Villages couple appalled at classification of American flag as
Article Courtesy of The Villages News
By Meta Minton
Published October 13 , 2018
A Village of Hemingway couple is fighting to keep an American flag on display at their home.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Phoenix man accused of $1.3 million theft from HOAs to take plea deal
The former head of a Phoenix-area property management company accused of stealing nearly $1.3 million from homeowners associations has agreed to a plea deal to spare his wife prosecution.
According to court documents made available Monday, Harlow White has agreed to plead guilty to one felony charge of transactional money laundering.
He and his wife were indicted last year on other charges including conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Under the proposed agreement, the indictment against Nancy White would be dismissed. Other charges against Harlow White would also be dropped. Read more:
SEAL BEACH, CA — A 71-year-old Seal Beach woman was accused of embezzling over $115,000 from the Costa Mesa homeowner’s association, of which she was treasurer, court documents said.
Bonnie Diane Harris, 71, of Seal Beach, served as the former treasurer for the Cedar Glen Homeowner’s Association, and was scheduled Monday to make her initial court appearance on charges of embezzling more than $115,000.
Harris was arrested Saturday on charges filed Sept. 12. She faces 36 felony counts of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust, with sentencing enhancement allegations of property damage exceeding $65,000. Read more:
The 41-year-old St. Petersburg lawyer became one of the state’s best-known foreclosure defense experts, quoted in national publications and portraying himself as a bulwark against heartless and conniving lenders.