Homeowners, residents cope with dysfunctional, abusive HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

90-year-old woman stuck with flooded basement, no A/C for over two months

Ameera David
5:59 PM, Aug 15, 2018
6:00 PM, Aug 15, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES (WXYZ) – A basement in shambles is what 90-year-old Lillian Arnone has to look at every day.

The St. Claire Shores homeowner living in Windwood Pointe Condominium says the problem began in early June, and since then has transformed her first level into a flood zone.

So far, she’s had to get the drywall in the basement ripped out, and she hasn’t been able to run her A/C in this year’s unseasonably hot summer.

However, it’s not just her unit. All four condos in a multi-unit building are facing the dilemma.

The million dollar question: Where is the water coming from?

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Homeowners and residents are often dismayed when their association inexplicably delays addressing pressing maintenance and repairs. In this case, the homeowner has been doing without central air conditioning during the hottest months of the summer. It turns out the water was leaking into basements from a breach in the seawall. One of the disadvantages of living on a marina! 

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Woman injured by dogs seeks more than $1 million from Pine Harbor Home Owners Association

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Aug 6, 2018

SALEM – An Upshur County woman who incurred more than $500,000 in medical bills after a dog attack is seeking damages from a homeowners association.

Margaret McDaniels filed a complaint on June 21 in the Marion County District Court against Pine Harbor Home Owners’ Association alleging negligent handling and strict liability.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 4, 2018, she was visiting a resident at defendant’s Pine Harbor property to sell a vehicle when she was attacked by dogs that lived with the resident. She alleges the dogs “ripped and tore her arms, back, legs and head” and dragged her for a block. She alleges she needed skin grafts to her face, head and arms and that her arms “no longer work well.” The suit states she has incurred more than $536,000 in medical bills.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant knew about the “vicious propensities” of the dogs at the resident’s property for years and that the dogs have bitten people multiple times.

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Here’s an example of how a third party, a visitor who doesn’t reside in the community, can be adversely affected by a poorly managed HOA. It’s also an example of a third party suing an association for negligence. The plaintiff alleges the HOA failed to enforce its own leash rules, and has allowed the owner of the dog that attacked her to remain in the community, despite its past history of biting other people. The HOA is being sued for at least $1 million, after the victim suffered extensive wounds and life altering tissue damage. 


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Las Vegas great-grandmother battles HOA, tow company after hit-and-run crash

Joe Bartels
1:13 PM, Aug 14, 2018
7:02 PM, Aug 14, 2018

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A Las Vegas great-grandmother says she feels like she is being taken for a ride after she was ran off the road by a hit-and-run driver.

Sylvia Dawson says the trouble started on May 9.

She was on her way home when a blue sedan forced her into a palm tree inside her neighborhood near Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road.

“I was coming home after I had dropped off my daughter and she always says ‘mom, when you get home call me,'” explained Dawson.

The call would not come until much later. Dawson said she passed out after both airbags on her 2005 Ford Explorer deployed.

“I injured my hand, my arm and my leg,” said Dawson.

The other driver did not stop.

Pictures show the front end of the Explorer sustained damage.

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Definitely one of the most bizarre HOA reports I’ve ever seen. According to the homeowner, someone ran her off the road and caused her to crash her Ford Explorer. The the towing company impounded the vehicle without notice, and allegedly scammed her into thinking the car was totaled, paying her a mere $150 for salvage value. When the resident discovered she had been duped, she contacted KTNV. 

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Battle over visitor parking at Austonian could be bound for court

BUSINESS By Gary Dinges – American-Statesman Staff

A battle over parking at a posh downtown Austin high-rise could be bound for court.
In a lawsuit filed this week in Travis County District Court, the Austonian Condominium Association accuses the tower’s developer, Second Congress Ltd., of providing “grossly inadequate” parking for visitors to the building at West Second Street and Congress Avenue.

The lawsuit, filed by the Austin-based Taylor Dunham law firm, alleges 10 percent of all spaces in the building’s garage should be unassigned and available for visitors to use – but that no spaces in the garage are currently set aside for visitors. The garage has 442 parking spaces, according to court documents, which means 44 spots should be set aside for visitors, the plaintiffs claim.

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Here’s a case of a condo developer failing to deliver on promises to provide adequate parking for guests. Owners say the developer has been “hoarding” parking spaces for his own use and convenience, and to sell to future buyers. But with no visitor parking in busy Austin, and no cooperation from the developer, a lawsuit is imminent. 


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Lakeshore Access Remains Issue Despite Indiana Ruling

Posted August 11, 2018

An Indiana man alleges a homeowner along Lake Michigan tried to remove people from the beach despite an Indiana Supreme Court ruling allowing lakeshore access.

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Members of the public who wish to enjoy access to Lake Michigan sometimes have to deal with HOAs located on the beach — and some of the owners who feel they alone should have access to the beach.


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Bakersfield resident ordered to remove cross in front of their home

10:24 AM, Aug 6, 2018
10:26 AM, Aug 6, 2018

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A Bakersfield resident put up a petition after the Homeowners Association ordered a wooden cross to be removed in front of their home.

According to the resident, the HOA says the cross is a structure and it is against policy.

In the petition online the resident wrote:

After obtaining immediate neighbor approval, the Board of Directors has denied our application for a wooden Cross (which has been deemed a ‘structure’) in the front flower bed of our home.

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Another First Amendment/Religious Freedom lawsuit waiting to happen?

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