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.
Kansas City Missouri firefighter Tarshish Jones and attorneys Lynne Bratcher and Erin Vernon react after a jury awarded Jones over $350,000 in compensatory damages following a race discrimination suit over promotions in the fire department.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was ejected from Thursday night's 31-30 Oakland victory over the Chiefs, then watched the rest of the game in the stands. After the game, he rode on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train with Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. Both players are from Oakland.