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.
Roosevelt Cooper, a former all-state football player at Hogan Prep High, was tragically killed Thursday. His family, friends, and former coaches and teachers gathered at a vigil Friday, the day he was supposed to leave for college.
U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts of Kansas and Claire McCaskill of Missouri stress the potential for agro-terrorism and the need for the United States to be prepared, following a roundtable discussion Friday at the American Royal complex.