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.
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Couple pay $4,000 to keep purple swing set
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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.
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 Royals manager Ned Yost looks back at being fired by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008, after a Chicago reporter asks about what it was like going back and playing them after becoming manager of the Royals. Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria is preparing to face his former team, the Chicago Cubs.
Wayne St. Vincent, Barry Harbor neighborhood board member, discusses why his neighborhood and others oppose a mixed-income housing development proposed for Northwest Barry Road and Platte Purchase Drive. They fear the impact on crime and housing values and want commercial development there instead.
Strong storms cut power to thousands in the Kansas City area Saturday night, including the Kansas City Pet Project's animal shelter. That left volunteers having to care for dozens of frightened animals in the dark. The electricity was restored shortly before 9 a.m.