Trish Jacobs, is the president of the Avignon Villas HOA and she is proud of their community in Olathe, Kan., along with 26 friends and supporters who believe they have a good HOA for the residents at Avignon Villas.
The Meekers represent a growing number of vocal residents upset with their homeowners associations. While many HOAs still support their residents, others now harass them with narrow and odd rules. Fines for violating those rules can be heavy, leading to liens against residents and even loss of their homes.
Homes associations are meant to keep neighborhoods from turning shabby and to maintain property values. But when homeowners don’t follow their strictly enforced regulations, they may be fined, end up in court or even lose their homes. Here are their horror stories.
The Stout family in Lee’s Summit painted a swing set purple. Their HOA was unhappy, and the case ended up in court, drawing international attention. The family won, but not really, considering legal costs.
A little girl sat on the edge of a dock in Richmond, British Columbia, and watched a sea lion that popped its head out of the water to take a look at the tourists. Seconds later, the sea lion pulled her into the water. A man immediately jumped in to rescue the girl. Both walked away unharmed.
New Missouri men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and first-year Tigers athletic director Jim Sterk discuss the startling change of fortunes for a program that went 8–24 last season but has awakened the Mizzou fan base with a strong two months on the recruiting trail.
One teenager died after a driver heading eastbound on Troup Avenue at North 13th Street in Kansas City, Kan., on Jan. 30, 2015, struck four teens. KCK activist Tamika Pledger was charged with involuntary manslaughter and three counts of aggravated battery after allegedly running her car into the group of teens.