By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
Updated July 6, 2018 10:06 P.M.
Continuing in the spirit of Independence Day, today’s post highlights three examples of homeowners fighting back against nasty neighbors and HOA board members.
How do they do it?
In all three cases, instead of cowering in fear, these homeowners expose abusive, HOA bully behavior to the public.
Veteran says flag dispute with HOA forced him to sell home
Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 8:31 am EDT
Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 8:44 am EDT
By Kimberly L. Wright
JACKSONVILLE, FL (RNN) – Air Force veteran Larrry Murphree said he’s had to sell his home at a loss after a dispute with a homeowners association over an American flag.
The legal dispute over the flag has gone on for seven years.
He placed a small flag in a flower pot on the front porch of his condo, First Coast News reported. In response, The Tides Condominium HOA sent him a violation letter, saying the flag was an “unauthorized object.”
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I’ve dubbed this the “flag in a flower pot saga.” The story gained national attention in 2014, although Murphree began receiving violation notices in 2011.
You can listen to Murphree’s background story here.
It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly petty and irrational HOAs can get, when it comes to enforcing rules. The Tides Condominium Association has resorted to every dirty HOA trick in the book: settling out of court under false pretenses; changing HOA rules in order to find the homeowner in violation; using the homeowner’s regular assessment payments to pay the disputed $100-per day fines instead, thereby creating an assessment delinquency; fining the homeowner for various other minor offenses and violations.
Although Murphree has decided to sell his home at a loss, he’s not letting the HOA get away scot free. He has filed another lawsuit, reportedly scheduled for trial next year.
Video of confrontation at Winston-Salem pool goes viral: ‘I feel like this is racial profiling’
DaVonté McKenith, Anchor/Reporter
Updated: 10:39 AM EDT Jul 6, 2018
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem man who was caught on camera confronting a woman at a community pool has lost his job.
The video shows a confrontation between a homeowners association member and a community resident from the Glenridge neighborhood in Winston-Salem. The resident said the issue in focus is racial profiling.
Neighbors are stunned that an international problem is now in their own backyards. Disappointment, sadness and fear are some of the words they used to describe the loud actions at a quiet community pool Wednesday night.
“Where does it say that I have to show an ID to use the pool?” Jasmine Edwards says in the video.
Edwards was enjoying the Fourth of July holiday at the pool when Adam Bloom, a member of the homeowners association, asked for her address and an ID to prove she was a resident. Edwards reportedly gave her address but refused to turn over an ID.
Bloom then called police.
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On July 4th, when HOA board member Adam Bloom blocked Jazmine Abhulimen (Jasmine Edwards’ legal name vs. her Facebook moniker) from entering the community pool in her own neighborhood, and then called local police, the homeowner got out her smart phone and started recording the incident.
Police quickly determined that Abhulimen had every right to use the pool in the Glenridge (NC) community. Bloom showed no signs of remorse. Abhulimen was upset by the incident, calling it an example of racial profiling.
The video was posted on the internet, and quickly spread around the world on social media.
As a result, Bloom’s employer has issued an apology, and announced that he no longer works for Sonoco. The HOA also announced that Bloom has resigned from his position on the board.
The story also aired on ABC7 from New York and on NBC News.
The NBC report confirms the homeowner’s legal name as Jazmine Abhulimen.
Michigan residents throw July Fourth party after neighbor’s threatening note ‘backfires’
By Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News
Residents of a Michigan township fought for their right to party after one killjoy neighbor threatened their Fourth of July fireworks.
Just before the summer holiday, an anonymous letter was sent to several residents of a Chesterfield Township subdivision, promising to make their “lives miserable for days and months to come” if fireworks were set off on the Fourth of July. The letter’s author worked an early morning shift and had said last year’s celebration had caused him or her to lose sleep.
“[I]f this happens again this year, I will make yours, and your neighbors’ lives miserable for days and months to come. I will take my frustrations out on the whole Dove Lane block, and I’ll keep the retaliations lasting forever,” the letter read. “You don’t know when I’ll retaliate, but it WILL happen, and it will happen over and over again. NOTHING will be ruled out in regards to how I retaliate.”
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No one knows who anonymously threatened several neighbors, vowing to retaliate if they set off loud Fourth of July fireworks.
But once the outrageous letter was shared publicly, it went viral.
In response, most of the neighborhood decided to work together to organize the Best Ever Independence Day block party — complete with fireworks.
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