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New York – These chickens don’t cross the road, but CNY homeowners’ association wants them gone

SYRACUSE.COM:  These chickens don’t cross road, but CNY homeowners’ association wants them gone
Posted June 15, 2018
By Elizabeth Doran

LYSANDER, NY – Barry and Nicole Enck bought a home in Lysander about 10 years ago and, as their young family grew, they decided they’d like to have a couple chickens in their back yard.

About two years ago, the couple got the chickens and their young children cared for them and collected their eggs each morning.

Now, the family has been told by their homeowners’ association they can’t raise chickens at their Seneca Estates home, said lawyer Tom Cerio, who is representing the Encks. The couple declined to be interviewed for this article, but authorized Cerio to speak for them.  Read more:

FLORIDA – Lake Nona woman says HOA is stopping her from having alligator removed from backyard

CCFJ.NET:  Lake Nona woman says HOA is stopping her from having alligator removed from backyard


Article Courtesy of WFTV Channel 9 Orlando

By Sarabeth Ackerman

Published June 15, 2018

ORANGE COUNTY – The Lake Nona woman who saw an alligator just feet from her 6-year-old found out there’s nothing she can do to have it removed.

Mating season and her homeowners association stopped her from doing anything about the animal.

Couple realizes alligator moved patio furniture in the middle of the night

Nicole Mojica’s video of the gator went viral last week. She was recording her son playing with an inflatable gator on a Slip n’ Slide, and just as she was finished filming, she noticed a 4-foot gator was in the background of the shot the entire time.

She said it isn’t the first sighting.

“There was a gator two houses down at the front door, scratching at their door and sitting on their front porch. It had to be removed. I’d like this one to be removed, too,” she said.

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ARIZONA – He fought his HOA and won!

abc15.cpm:  Let Joe Know:  He fought his HOA and won!
By Joe Ducey
May 23, 2018
Imagine being taken to court by your Homeowners Association.  

The issue is a growing bill after making a late assessment payment.

It’s you against their attorneys.

Your odds are not good.

But Chad Lakridis beat those odds!

We’ve been following Chad’s story for months.

He says it started when he got a threatening letter from his HOA.

Chad says it’s the only reminder he received about missing an HOA payment to the Desert Ridge Community Association.

He says at the time he had a serious brain injury.

But Chad says his attempts to make up payments were rejected.  Read more:

LOUISIANA – LEGAL CORNER: Can my HOA remove things from my property?

KPLCTV.COM:  LEGAL CORNER: Can my HOA remove things from my property?
By McKenzie Ball, Producer
May 23, 2018
(KPLC) –

Submit your questions to Civil matters only, please.

QUESTION: Can a Home Owners Association enter my property and remove something that does not meet the rules of HOA? Do property owners have the right to protect their person and property? Is this a violation of the property owner’s constitutional rights?

ANSWER: Provided that the Home Owners Association rules are not against public policy or in violation of some federal and state law, then the rules are valid. Home Owners Associations’ community documents set out building restrictions, rules, and regulations, declarations, covenants and so much the more. These rules affect the properties maintained by the association but can be amended.

One of the purposes of Home Owners Association rules is to protect the aesthetic value of the property within the community and to keep the peace.  Read more:

COLORADO – Tenants cry foul over ‘Boots,’ overly aggressive parking enforcement at Commerce City condo complex

DENVER7:  Tenants cry foul over ‘Boots,’ overly aggressive parking enforcement at Commerce City condo complex
HOA: Management, Parking companies reputable
By Lance Hernandez
May 19, 2018

COMMERCE CITY, Colo — Parking isn’t just a problem in downtown Denver or in Cherry Creek.

It is also a growing issue at apartment and condo communities throughout metro Denver.

Two tenants at The Lakes at Dune Park in Commerce City reached out to Denver7 on Saturday, after waking up and finding their vehicles had been booted.

There is high demand for on-street parking in the complex, just off U.S. 85 and 112th Avenue.

Signs posted throughout the complex state that parking is limited to “48 hours,” and that “violators will be booted.”

Aggressive Parking Enforcement

Adriana Trevizo believes parking enforcement has become overly aggressive.

She said residents were initially allowed to park on both sides of the street ringing the complex, but now can only park on one side.

On Saturday morning, Trevizo discovered that her car had been immobilized with a boot. Read more:

NEVADA – Las Vegas mom says HOA has ‘no playing’ rule on the books

KTNV.COM:  Las Vegas mom says HOA has ‘no playing’ rule on the books
By Joe Bartels
May 18, 2018
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Playing outside is just part of growing up. Whether you rode bikes, played with sidewalk chalk, or hopped on a pogo stick, it usually meant being on the sidewalk or street. But in Kristi Milk’s neighborhood that’s not an option for her 4 kids, according to the HOA rules.  Read more:

NATIONAL – 25 horror stories that will make you fear the homeowner association

MSN.COM:  25 horror stories that will make you fear the homeowner association
Saundra Latham
May 16, 2018

Washington – South Sound woman billed nearly $8,000 for late $300 HOA payment

KIRO7.COM:  South Sound woman billed nearly $8,000 for late $300 HOA payment
that’s a total of $7,753.59 Hart has been billed, of which $1,120 is late fees plus dues owed to the HOA, and $5,374.76 is attorney’s fees.
By Joanna Small
May 7, 2018

A South Sound homeowner has paid thousands of dollars just to satisfy a bill for a few hundred dollars.

That bill was from the homeowners’ association and the cost skyrocketed because the payment was late.

Jennifer Hart pays her homeowners’ association $310 a year to live in Lakeland Hills, near Auburn. 
She forgot to pay that amount in January 2017 and, to date, she has now paid out $7,753.59 in late fees and attorney’s fees.

For months, Hart has spent hours every day pouring over documents and she still doesn’t understand how that $310 bill became $7,753.59.

“It was just an oversight. Every other bill that I pay is online, as far as my power, my water, cable,” Hart said.

She said she never saw the bill from the Lakeland Homeowners Association in the mail in January 2017, so she didn’t even think about it until she opened her mail last October and discovered that an attorney had filed a lawsuit for $2,967.37 and a lien against her home.

“I emailed the attorney right away and explained some things that were going on, and how can I fix this. Garnishment will literally devastate my family.

So he responded back and said, ‘You need to propose something,’ so I started proposing offers to him to make sure this didn’t go to garnishment,” Hart said.

She said her offers were refused, and her wages, as well as her husband’s wages, were garnished for nearly two months.

The family of seven struggled through the holidays but saw the light at the end of the tunnel: In January 2018, their debt was supposed to be satisfied.

“Getting the next bill was quite a bit of a shock,” said Hart, who said the bill was for $4,078.

So, if you’re keeping track, that’s a total of $7,753.59 Hart has been billed, of which $1,120 is late fees plus dues owed to the HOA, and $5,374.76 is attorney’s fees.

“I accept the original garnishment as my error. It’s the additional $4,078 that hurts really bad. 
It’s like they’re out to actually devastate families instead of work with them,” Hart said.

We took her case to Seattle property attorney Katie Comstock.

Comstock is not the attorney for Hart’s HOA but she’s seen this situation before.

She said part of the problem is that many people don’t understand the process of contesting a lawsuit such as this.  Read more:

ARIZONA – Richards: Challenging the status quo of HOAs

QUEEN CREEK INDEPENDENT: Richards: Challenging the status quo of HOAs
By David Richards
May 13, 2018

HOAs. The status quo should no longer be acceptable. When HOA boards use their power to unfairly seize control of all the playing cards, homeowners don’t stand a chance. Are you willing to help bring back balance and fair play?

My name is David Richards. I am a 71-year-old disabled  veteran who served his country when called upon. I was awarded a Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam. I was fighting to uphold the Constitution, to ensure freedom and equality. I am looking for some people willing to challenge the status quo of HOAs.

HOA general background information

HOA boards of trustees are unpaid, volunteer residents who are elected by the homeowners to oversee the finances and the management of the community. Sounds very democratic. But HOA boards of trustees have been given way too much power and have expanded their powers while in office by amending rules and practices on their own. They are not monitored like other corporations or companies where the government has put in place controls to protect the public. Would it not be fair to do the same when it comes HOAs?  Read more:

CALIFORNIA – Woodlake embezzler convicted

THE DAILY JOURNAL:  Woodlake embezzler convicted
Scheme involved false invoices at San Mateo homeowners’ association
By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff
May 12, 2018

Nearly five years after residents of San Mateo’s Woodlake condominium homeowners’ association were tipped off about an embezzlement scheme in which some $2.8 million was stolen, one of the two co-conspirators accused of the crime was convicted Friday of felony embezzlement and felony grand theft, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

After 11 days of trial and some five hours of deliberation, a jury found Michael Anthony Medeiros, 61, guilty of the two felony counts, for which he faces a sentence of eight years, eight months in state prison. He was immediately remanded into custody on no bail, according to prosecutors.  Read more: