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Tarr v. Timberwood Park Owners Ass’n, Inc.
Article Courtesy of First Coast News
Published August 2, 2018
The Fountain Gate Condominium community was built in the 1980s and now some of the buildings are in need of repair. The wood siding is rotting. Many of the property owners are aware of the need, but there is growing outrage over a special assessment fee to meet that need.
“They feel like we’re being railroaded in this because most of the homeowners are on a limited budget,” said Jody Kilgore, “they’re retired.”
Kilgore owns a unit, she is also a director on the Homeowners Association Board. But Kilgore is against the current proposal to impose a fee on the owners for repair.
“I think we need to listen to the people’s vote,” she said.
She acknowledged the need for the repairs but believes the unit owners are being left out of the decision-making process. Read more:
Article Courtesy of Local 10 News — ABC
By Amy Viteri
Published July 23, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE – Annette Davis struggled to understand what was happening to her body.
For some time she had been living with a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome, but she was managing it with medication. Then in 2014, something changed.
“I couldn’t explain it. I just dropped so much weight. I got down to 97 pounds,” Davis said. “I started cracking teeth because I was anemic. I had my hair falling out.”
Article Courtesy of Channel 10 Local News
By Glenna Milberg
Published July 24, 2018
MIAMI BEACH – The first look inside the condo unit where Walter Stopler’s unit in the condominium he is accused of trying to burn down reveals what neighbors say may have been his motivation: years’ worth of toxic black mold.
He was very frustrated, very frustrated about the mold in his apartment and how this has been going on for at least since 2016, I think,” said Priscilla Suarez, a former condo board member.
Stopler, 72, is in jail with no bond, accused of a plan to stockpile gasoline, incinerate the condominium.
He had seen doctors because of physical symptoms he related to the mold in his apartment. Research shows inhaled mold could be connected to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease.
Miami Beach police officers report Stopler talked about wanting to “kill all the Jews” in the Pavilion condominium, and found Nazi-themed materials in his condo, and in a storage closet he rented, dozens of jugs with gasoline, sulfur powder and potassium nitrate. Read more:
VIRGINIA – Special Habitat or Covenant Violation? Purcellville Homeowner Sues HOA to keep 2-Acre Meadow
The former general manager of an Indio retirement community accused of embezzling money from the development where he once worked paid $125,000 in victim restitution on June 4.
Ceasar Larrach, 47, was an employee of Associa, the for-profit housing management company
contracted to oversee Sun City Shadow Hills. The Indio development includes 3,450 homes for people ages 55 and over.*
The Riverside County District Attorney alleged in a Jan. 19 complaint that Larrach stole about $104,000 from the Sun City Shadow Hills HOA between February 2015 and June 2017.
Larrach initially pled not guilty to three counts of grand theft, including an enhancement for fraud and embezzlement. But he reversed his pleading in May, and signed an agreement pleading guilty to all three of his charges and the enhancement. In addition to being ordered to pay $125,000 restitution, Larrach received a sentence of 36 months probation and 120 days custody, with electronic monitoring.
Kim Fuller, President of Sun City Shadow Hills’ board of directors, said Larrach arrived at the front gate of the community on Monday, June 4 with a cashier’s check for $125,000. Two staff members met him at the gate to receive the check. The staff told Fuller the meeting with Larrach was brief and amicable.
“If you’re asking if there was an apology,” Fuller said, “then no.”
Fuller said the community association is still negotiating with Associa/Desert Resort Management over an estimated $60,000 in costs the community incurred to investigate its financial accounts. Read:
A Scottsdale homeowner who says he feels singled out for rule enforcement in his homeowners association is fighting back.
When Sands North Homeowners Association President Sandra Price texted homeowner Sean Bandawat earlier this month and told him to replace a missing gate outside his townhome or face a $2,500 fine, he offered a one-sentence reply:
“My attorney will be in touch — “
When the HOA followed up a day later with a letter to Bandawat saying the gate’s removal constituted an architecture change and required replacement, he kept his promise.
Bandawat’s lawyer wrote a letter to the HOA, saying that several properties in the neighborhood do not display the original wrought-iron gate. Bandawat said the gate leading into a front courtyard area was damaged after movers ran into it and that it would be costly to replace.
“By singling Bandawat out where there are other gates missing as well, the HOA is breaching its duty of care,” Bandawat’s attorney wrote in the letter. “We believe that Mr. Bandawat was racially targeted simply because he is not Caucasian and is of a racial minority.” (Bandawat’s father is from India).
An attorney for the HOA would not comment and has yet to draft a response.
But an attorney who frequently deals with HOA matters says selective enforcement is often difficult to prove. Read more:
Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel
By Stephen Hudak
Published July 16, 2018
“Yeah, the library is saved,” Garick said in a text after the meeting Wednesday.