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HOAs from hell: More horror stories, more fraud — and prospect of legislative action

Lawmakers in some states, including Missouri, are saying enough is enough. It’s time, they say, to take on a more aggressive role in regulating the $85 billion HOA industry. The Star examined HOAs in an August series.

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Little plot of pansies costs homeowner $19,000

A North Carolina man thought he’d fill in a long-bare spot in a common area with some colorful flowers. But that was against the rules, and his HOA began fining him $100 a day. He fought back, but he gave up after spending $19,000 on fines and attorneys.

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Read our special report: HOAs from hell

You may have heard about problems people have living in homeowners associations. Perhaps you’ve had problems yourself. But you may not know that there is a growing sense that HOA problems have become a national housing crisis.

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Ailing ash trees mean higher homes association dues; blame a green beetle

Homeowners in some neighborhoods are getting hit with an increase in their HOA dues, courtesy of a metallic green insect called the emerald ash borer. As the beetle infestation continues to spread through neighborhoods across the country, homes associations are being forced to decide whether to treat their trees or remove and replace them.

Videos

Olathe homeowner battles HOA over landscaping

Jim Hildenbrand is embroiled in a lawsuit over landscaping at his home at Avignon Villas in Olathe.
Rich Sugg The Kansas City Star
Olathe homeowner battles HOA over landscaping 2:52

Olathe homeowner battles HOA over landscaping

Avignon Villas' HOA says it cares about helping its community 2:23

Avignon Villas' HOA says it cares about helping its community

When homes associations go bad 2:33

When homes associations go bad

Angry residents dig for truth at HOA 6:02

Angry residents dig for truth at HOA