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Georgia – Taxation without representation! It had the early colonists so fired up, we went to war over it. Now some homeowners say it’s time once again to draw the battle lines, except this time the war will be fought in our own neighborhoods.
The problem, some homeowners say, is they’re paying thousands of dollars a year in dues to developers that don’t pay a dime or give them any say in how their communities are being managed.
In Georgia most developers craft the HOA covenants with the help of an attorney and continue to manage the HOA of the community until it’s finished being built. Covenants usually include a date when the community will be turned over to the homeowners to manage or a clause to transition it sooner if the development is built faster.
Most homeowners have no issue with that. The developer wants a thriving community so he can sell more homes.
But the intent of an HOA is to look out for the needs and home values of everyone. Homeowners in several subdivisions owned by the developer David Pearson, believe he’s only looking out for himself. Read more:
FLORIDA – Condo resident charged with arson in fire that caused about $4M worth of damage, killed three cats
CCFJ.NET: Condo resident charged with arson in fire that caused about $4M worth of damage, killed three cats
Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel
By Paula McMahon
Published April 11, 2018
Two hours before a fire caused $4 million worth of damage to 28 condos in Coral Springs earlier this year, investigators say one of the residents bought a red plastic five-gallon container at a nearby gas station and filled it at the pump.
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – A Summerville subdivision homeowners association, along with others, has been sued for breach of contract and other claims.
In a lawsuit that was filed on March 20 in the Dorchester County Court of Common Pleas, Halcyon Real Estate Services owner David Peterson claims that the White Gables neighborhood homeowners association broke a new contract for landscaping and a contract for property management for the neighborhood. It then alleges that the contract was given back to its former manager, Community Management Group.
There are also claims of harassment, stalking, libel and slander against Peterson. According to the suit, there were “activities to undermine the contracts between the [neighborhood] board and Halcyon [that] degenerated into abusive behavior by members of the White Gables community, including harassment, stalking, slander and libel.” The activities allegedly came after residents questioned the past actions of one of his employees. The employee is not named in the lawsuit but is also his fiancee. Read more:
BUDA, Texas (KXAN) – In the thick of bluebonnet season, a man in Buda trying to grow the Texas state flower in his yard says his homeowner’s association has gone too far with fining him for yard violations.
Jimmy Schmidt, who has lived in the Garlic Creek neighborhood since 2007, is a native Texan who has grown bluebonnets and other native Texas plants on his yard since that time.
“I love wildflowers, I was raised in the country out at Creedmoor and my grandmother when I was a kid, she had a whole field of bluebonnets,” Schmidt explained.
But in the last two years, his homeowner’s association has begun fining him for how he’s kept his yard, Schmidt says. Read more:
A Franklin veteran feels his patriotism is under attack after his homeowner’s association asked him to take down the flag in front of his home.
Wayne Marchant feels a sense of pride every time he walks past the American flag.
“I feel good about it,” said Marchant.
On Friday, though, he says he was disgusted when he got a letter in the mail from the Manager of the Renaissance Homeowner’s Association stating that the flagpole is a violation of the community rules.
“They have HOA members that periodically drive through the neighborhood looking for anything that might be a violation of the HOA rules. They noticed that in their words ‘the flagpole had been erected in our front yard,'” said Marchant.
The letter says the flagpole needs to be removed or modified. He’s not sure what the modification would be, but he says this flag has been outside of his home for the past eight years. It was a gift from his wife.
He says this new rule isn’t just about him but the entire community.
“I feel like its an attack on everybody’s patriotism, the love of their country,” said Marchant.
Before the flag was put in place his wife says she got permission from the Homeowner’s Association. However, in the past few years, the board members of the association have changed and the person who approved it is no longer there. Read more:
Article Courtesy of Local 10 News
By Peter Burke
Published March 29, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE – A Fort Lauderdale woman duped a disabled man into buying a condominium and putting her name on the deed, police said.
Althea Johnson, 66, was arrested Monday on a charge of elderly exploitation.
According to a Fort Lauderdale police report, Johnson was caring for Richard Shellene between October 2014 and December 2015 after he suffered a stroke and now gets around with the help of a wheelchair.
Police said Shellene listed Johnson as co-owner of the condo that he bought in March 2015 as part of a verbal agreement with Johnson.
In exchange for putting her name on the deed and giving her a $2,000 monthly salary, Johnson was supposed to move in with Shellene and be his caretaker.
Police said Shellene paid the entire amount for the condo out of his bank account and fully furnished a room for Johnson, paying for everything in it.
Instead of moving in, however, Johnson refused and tried to get half the value of the condo from him, police said. Read more:
SAN FRANCISCO >> Earlier this month, after eight full days of proceedings, a jury unanimously awarded Wayne Clark a total of $2 million in a defamation of character case against the Hidden Valley Lake Association.
The Northern California District Court, located in San Francisco, was the platform for the court proceedings. Clark was the Golf Pro at HVLA, until he was fired by General Manager, Cindy Spears April 15, 2015.
Because Clark was hired under “at-will” employment, he sued the HVLA not for wrongful termination, but for defamation of character.
There had been several derogatory postings on the Hidden Valley Lake Forum Facebook Page after the firing of Clark — posted, the court said, by Michelle Wade, a member of HVLA.
Wade testified that all of this information came from rumors that she was hearing, which she referred to as a “Little Birdie.”
Julie Vonada, the Human Resource Director at HVLA, testified Spears was “feeding” information to Wade.
The Facebook postings were brought into the trial and during the proceedings, Wayne Clark’s Attorney Victor C. Thuesen directly read some of the posts. Read more: