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A Florida man says he can’t live without his emotional support squirrel, but his condo association says the animal has to go.
Ryan Boylan received a notice last month that he needs to give up the squirrel, Brutis, or face eviction from his Clearwater Beach condo, WFLA reported.
Boylan says he and Brutis became inseparable after he rescued her last year during Hurricane Matthew.
“Ever since then I mean, oh my God, I can’t imagine not being around her,” Boylan said. Boylan has a doctor’s note that says he’s suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a car accident. He registered Brutis on RegisterMyServiceAnimal.com as an emotional support animal. Read more:
The bill arrived unexpectedly by email in May. It was from her Landmark Towers condominium homeowners association.
The midtown Phoenix tower’s air-conditioning needed a major fix, and her share to pay for it was $18,000.
Francine Hardaway said she “freaked out.”
“I was horrified and frightened,” said Hardaway, founder of Phoenix-based Stealthmode Partners. “When I bought my condo in 2011, it was at the height of the recession. I bought it for cash thinking that if everything went to hell in a handbasket, I could live there.”
She rents out the condo in the iconic 17-story tower and doesn’t own another home. Read more:
WASHINGTON — The violent altercation last week that left Senator Rand Paul nursing bruised lungs and broken ribs began over a landscaping dispute between the senator and his longtime next-door neighbor, according to neighbors and three Kentucky Republicans familiar with what transpired.
The precise provenance of the dispute was still a matter of disagreement on Monday. But the back story of the fracas began to come into focus and with it, the realization that Mr. Paul’s injuries could keep him from Washington, where Republicans in the Senate hold only a slim majority, for some time.
Mr. Paul had just stepped off a riding lawn mower on Friday when Rene Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist who lived next door, charged and tackled him. Because Mr. Paul was wearing sound-muting earmuffs, he did not realize Mr. Boucher was coming, according to one of the Kentucky Republicans and a friend familiar with the altercation.
“Rand never saw him coming or heard him coming,” said the friend, Robert Porter, who visited Mr. Paul on Saturday. Read more:
CALIFORNIA – Indio police investigating $110K in ‘financial discrepancies’ at Sun City retirement community
Article Courtesy of The Ledger
By Mike Ferguson
Published October 23, 2017
POINCIANA – Homeowners’ association dues are rising in Poinciana and litigation is to blame.
That’s according to Fernando Dominguez, senior vice president of FirstService Residential, which is an association management company hired by the Association of Poinciana Villages.
“The legal costs to the association have skyrocketed over the last three years,” Dominguez said. “Due to all the litigation that’s going on, the association has gone over budget by $650,000 the last three years.”
Dominguez said legal fees have actually been $860,000 over budget the last three years, but APV has been able to recover about $210,000 in legal costs. Residents will see an increase of almost 10 percent annually as dues go from $252 per year to $276 – an increase of $2 per month.
APV is a community of about 27,000 homes that spans parts of Polk and Osceola counties. The community is broken up into nine villages with each village represented by a five-member board. One member from each village board is selected to serve on the APV master board.
Recent litigation against AVP has come from residents Martin Negron, Peter Jolly, Victor Destremps and Annette Brown-Best. The cases dispute the election practices of APV with the claim that the community’s developer, AV Homes, manipulates vote counts for unplatted lots to maintain control over the community.
Negron won an arbitration case brought before the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in June, but AV Homes, more commonly referred to as Avatar, sued APV in circuit court to get maximum density votes. Jolly, Destremps and Brown-Best currently have a circuit court case pending against APV that alleges the HOA violated the terms of the 1985 agreement.
“If they wouldn’t keep protecting Avatar’s right to control everything, they wouldn’t have legal fees,” said Keith Laytham, a spokesman for the civic nonprofit Friends of Poinciana Villages. “They wouldn’t be being sued by these homeowners. Avatar doesn’t pay a nickel to this community.”
APV was also forced to file an injunction against Jolly and Destremps, former village board members, in 2015 after the two men took $1.6 million from the HOA after hours and placed it into accounts only they had access to. APV was granted the injunction and later recovered the money. Read more:
CCFJ.NET: Brooksville property manager faces charge of grand theft
Article Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Times
Published October 26, 2017
BROOKSVILLE — Police said a property manager pocketed tens of thousands in rent, fees and security deposits between May and September.
Article Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Times
By Susan Taylor Martin
Published October 20, 2017
The Clearwater lawyer accused of tricking a bidder into paying $458,100 for a gulf-front condo now plans to contest a judge’s order tossing out the sale.
On Monday, attorney Roy C. Skelton’s company Deutsche Residential Mortgage filed a notice of appeal with the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland.
The action comes two months after Pinellas Circuit Judge Jack St. Arnold vacated the sale of a North Redington Beach condo on which Deutsche held a mortgage because of what the judge called an “unscrupulous” and “conniving” schemed to dupe bidders at a foreclosure auction.
In August during a hearing Sixth Judicial Circuit court Judge Jack St. Arnold at the Pinellas County Courthouse. The judge agreed with Houde’s allegation that he was duped by Skelton in thinking he bought a Redington Beach condo for $458,100 out of a foreclosure auction. Now Skelton is fighting back.
“While I respectfully disagreed with the judge’s decision,” Skelton said at the time, “I will respect it and not file an appeal.”
The convoluted and controversial saga of Unit 514 in the Ram-Sea II condominiums began two years ago when another of Skelton’s companies, Outbidya, Inc., paid $157,8000 for the condo at a homeowners association foreclosure auction. Last year, shortly after Wells Fargo began foreclosing on the first mortgage, Skelton created Deutsche — no relation to the giant German bank — and took back a second mortgage from Outbidya. Read more: