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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:

FLORIDA – Oviedo homeowners association demands family remove Little Free Library from yard

CCFJ.NET:  Oviedo homeowners association demands family remove Little Free Library from yard
Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel
By Stephen Hudack
Published May 8, 2018
Even before lawyers for the Oviedo homeowners association got involved, Bob Garick looked at the birdhouse-shaped Little Free Library box in the front yard and asked his wife, Autumn, “Is this worth a fight?”  
They decided it was after the board governing the Bentley Woods neighborhood voted unanimously last month to direct a lawyer to send the Garicks a certified letter demanding they take down the box filled with children’s books such as “Where the Wild Things Are,” arguing the mini library is prohibited by association rules.

“Why is it a crime?” asked Sherry Hynoski, who lives in the middle-class community south of State Road 434 and east of State Road 417 and signed a petition asking the association to let the book-lending box stay. “Who’s it hurting?”

The Bentley Woods Community Association lawyer’s letter, which also demands $194.75 for “attorney fees and costs,” contends covenants or rules were “created to help protect and maintain the values of the properties within the Association.” Lawyer Ryan Fong alleges the Garicks violated a rule requiring homeowners to submit a “complete set of plans and specifications for the proposed improvements” before starting “construction.” Read more:

FLORIDA – Miami-based developer faces indictment linked to Tampa project

CCFJ.NET:  Miami-based developer faces indictment linked to Tampa project
Article Courtesy of The Real Deal
Published May 9, 2018
Mordechai Boaziz, director of Miami-based Maverick Investments, was indicted on federal charges of conspiring to lie to banks and a federal agency. 

His attorney in Tampa, John Fitzgibbons, said Boaziz is innocent and intends to fight the indictment. Boaziz could face a $1 million fine and as many as 30 years in prison.

The charges against Boaziz stem from his acquisition of an apartment complex in Tampa in the late 2000s to convert the property to a condominium.

The indictment indicates that Boaziz and others misled banks and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by failing to disclose financial incentives to induce purchases of condominium apartments at The Preserve on Sanctuary Cove Drive in Tampa.

Misleading the banks and HUD allowed Boaziz to obtain $15 million of mortgage financing, according to the indictment.  Read:


http://www.ccfj.net/condoDevIndicted.html

NEVADA – Homeowners under cloud of $20M swing set verdict demand answers from HOA

13 ACTION NEWS:  UPDATE: Homeowners under cloud of $20M swing set verdict demand answers from HOA
By Darcy Spears
Updated: March 27, 2018

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – UPDATE: Burden lifted as homeowners are off the hook for their association’s negligence. The lawyer for Carl Thompson–who was a teen when he suffered brain damage after an HOA swing set crossbar crashed down on his head–said Thompson didn’t want any more victims. So they agreed not to come after homeowners for the money awarded in a February verdict. Instead, they’ll pursue the HOA’s insurance company for bad faith and its attorneys for malpractice. If that case is successful, homeowners could actually win money if the verdict is more than $20 million.

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In a clubhouse guarded by security, Lamplight Village homeowners gather tonight, hoping for answers in the wake of a $20 million verdict against their HOA in Centennial Springs.

“People are really, really nervous. They’re scared. They don’t know if they’re going to lose their house, if it’s gonna be foreclosed, if they can sell,” said homeowner Dahl Hansen.

In late February, a jury handed down the verdict after a swing set crossbar in the Lamplight Village common area fell on a 15-year-old boy’s head, causing permanent brain damage.

Court records show the HOA did not have a maintenance and inspection plan on their playground equipment.  Read more:

FLORIDA – Cracks appear at St. Petersburg condo; evacuation possible

CCFJ.NET:  Cracks appear at St. Petersburg condo;  evacuation possible

Article Courtesy of Bay News 9 — Spectrum News
By Jason Lanning

Published May 1, 2018

ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. — Growing concerns about a number of St. Petersburg homes and the safety of families living there after firefighters have been called in to inspect a condominium building after cracks appeared.

  • Cracks appear at Vantage Point Condominiums

  • Unknown if evacuation will be ordered

The condo building at Vantage Point has not been officially evacuated yet, but building inspectors will not be out until later Monday to figure out exactly what is going.  However, they know something is going on after what is described as several large cracks spotted at not just the foundation of the condo building, but also an upstairs unit.

The St. Pete Fire Rescue responded over the weekend and taped off parts of the building where the cracking was discovered.

A maintenance man for one of the unit’s who discovered the cracks says there have been problems at the condos before, but nothing like this.

“I didn’t see this before. I know they have treated for termites and other stuff, but this is the first time I saw the foundation cracking this bad, really bad,” said Ricardo Davila. 
Davila told Spectrum Bay News 9 that he started noticing cracks in the foundation in the stairwell and once he got upstairs he spotted a large crack from one end of the building to the other with the porch not looking structurally sound at all.

 

The St. Pete Fire Rescue said Sunday night said one to two units may have to be evacuated on Monday depending on exactly what building inspectors find.   Read: