Question: I am having a problem with my management company. My wife and I live in an HOA-governed sub-division. We had the home built 18 years ago. At that time we were told that our HOA dues also included basic cable from Comcast and that everyone in the development was getting a deal by using them. As the cost of Comcast’s add-on services has increased, we began looking into dropping them and using a different carrier. We were told by our HOA that we can change companies, but would still have to pay for Comcast basic cable in our dues. This means that we are begin forced to use a cable company we don’t want and is more costly than others. They said they have a contractual agreement with Comcast for all residents to use them. Is there anything we can do about this? — P.P.
Question: If an owner in an HOA is violating a restriction concerning the weight limit of a pet, can the HOA file a lawsuit against the owner to force a removal of that pet? I’ve read the Florida statute and wonder if the $1,000 fine is the maximum penalty the HOA can impose, or if there are other legal ramifications. Signed, A.J.
More than 250 South Florida condo residents marched Saturday through the streets of Doral to demand that authorities take steps to stop a wave of fraud hitting their neighborhoods.
With posters, flags and whistles, the group of protesters marched through downtown Doral shouting about alleged abuses by their board of directors and the private companies hired to manage the condominiums.
A 66-year-old man who was president and treasurer of a homeowners’ association has been charged with the theft of more than $60,000.
Branche Jordan, 16495 Cottonwood Place in Middlefield, Ohio, had charges of grand theft of $20,000 or more, scheme to defraud and money laundering of $20,000 or more filed against him Sept. 24, said Assistant State Attorney Brian Haas.
GARNER, N.C. — Police said Wednesday that they are investigating the possible embezzlement of tens of thousands of dollars from at least six homeowners associations in the Triangle.
Accounts for all six HOAs were, at some point, maintained by Kornerstone Community Management in Garner. Two of the HOAs have filed reports with Garner police, and four have filed complaints with the Consumer Protection Division of the state Attorney General’s Office.
Kornerstone provides management services to about two dozen HOAs in the Triangle. Its office was locked on Wednesday – the company is listed as “permanently closed” on Google – and president Diana Ellis Kelly didn’t return phone calls and emails seeking comment Read more
Nearly a quarter of Americans live in communities governed by some type of homeowners’ associations (HOA), according to a 2013 report from the Foundation for Community Association Research. Most of these homeowners (70 percent, according to the report) believe that their association’s rules protect and enhance their property value. But you may not realize that seemingly small things—like planting a tree in your front yard, or painting your house—can lead to violations if you don’t get proper approvals.
Critics can see community associations as nanny states thanks to the negative media attention that can erupt over trivial things like landscaping, but the data shows that 90 percent of Americans are satisfied with their associations. Even still, not understanding the intricacies and fees related to an HOA can lead to unfortunate surprises, so when a buyer walks away from the closing table, they should know what they are walking into.
First mortgage lenders acquiring title to collateral consisting of condominium units or homes in a homeowners community are afforded protection against assessment liability under both the Florida Condominium Act (Chapter 718 of Florida Statutes) and the Homeowners’ Association Act (Chapter 720 of Florida Statutes).
This protection, in the form of a cap on delinquent assessment liability, is commonly referred to as the “safe harbor.” Currently, both statutes limit a first mortgage lender’s liability to the lesser of 12 months of unpaid assessments for the period immediately prior to the acquisition of title or 1 percent of the loan amount (718.116(1)(b)(1)(a) and 720.3085(2)(c)(1) of Florida Statutes).
Neighbors say a local homeowners’ association is unfairly targeting homeowners. 10News WTSP uncovers more problems with a Bay area HOA.
“They’re just looking for ways to trip people up, so they can really steal their home,” says Rivercrest homeowner Joseph Matteucci.
Neighbors like Matteucci aare reaching out to 10News saying the Rivercrest HOA’s fines and threats of foreclosure are out of control. The subdivision is located just east of U.S. 301 near Symmes Road in Riverview.
Last month, 10News told you about the Lopez family. They say a $150 unknowingly missed payment turned into more than $3,000. Now, they’re battling to keep their home.
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