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Port Orange HOA Tells Residents Yard Statues Aren't Allowed

A grieving widow in Port Orange, Fla., has a statue of an angel in her front yard, a token of the happy years she spent with her husband before she lost him. But her neighborhood homeowners association says the statue violates community covenants, and if she doesn't remove it, she'll pay a fine, Orlando TV... Continue Reading »

Soldier Brandon Weir Must Take Down American Flag, HOA Demands

Does displaying an American flag in front of your home affect its value? Well, one condominium association in Huntsville, Ala., seems to think it does -- negatively. And that's why it's demanding that a soldier who lives there remove the American flag that he put up in front of his home, local station WHNT-TV... Continue Reading »

Playboy Bunny Holly Madison: Hounding by HOA Over Doghouse Forcing Me to Sell Home

Former Playboy Bunny Holly Madison's bright pink doghouse has put her, well, in the doghouse with her current homeowners' association. Their relationship with the HOA has been so strained over the structure that Madison and her partner, Pasquale Rotella, say that they have decided to sell their Las Vegas home. The model... Continue Reading »

Political Yard Signs: When Your HOA Can Tell You to Take Them Down

By Dona DeZube Ah, November! The month when Americans put up political yard signs hoping to sway their neighbors' votes -- until the community association tells them to get those signs out of the yards. If you're one of the more than 60 million Americans -- about 1 in 5 U.S. residents -- who live in a homeowners... Continue Reading »

Denver HOA Looks to Ban Sidewalk Chalk Art

Well, there goes hopscotch. Children in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver may soon lose a beloved summertime activity if the homeowners association there is successful in its attempt to ban sidewalk chalk art, Denver's CBS 4 reports. Citing complaints from neighbors, the HOA said the chalk art potentially offends,... Continue Reading »

Trouble Blooms: Condo Board Sues Resident Over Flowers

A condo association in Portsmouth, N.H. is suing a resident for having planted flowers in her yard. Kimberly Bois has "daisies, bearded irises, lavender, hydrangeas and tulip builbs" around her home in the Atlantic Pointe condominiums, where she has lived since 2008. According to the Portsmouth Herald, many of the... Continue Reading »

HOA Forces Family to Remove Disabled Child's 'Therapy Home'

First, a U.S. Army vet's American flag. Then, a Virgin Mary statue. And now, a child's medically-mandated playhouse? Though it's not breaking news that homeowners' associations are drawing fire for their questionably strict enforcement of covenant rules, specifically those regarding personal items within "common areas,"... Continue Reading »

HOA Sues Marine's Family for Banner in Support of Son

Another homeowners association is about to be pilloried for its less-than-delicate treatment of military families. Jodi and Timothy Burr of Bossier City, La., are being sued by their HOA for refusing to remove a front yard banner supporting their son in the Marines, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, the Huffington... Continue Reading »

HOA Halts Construction of Paralyzed Army Vet's Home

Plans to build a new home for a paralyzed Army veteran at no cost to his family have been put on hold by the local homeowners association. The reason, said the president of the nonprofit homebuilding group, is fear that the home would drag down property values in the neighborhood. The Evans, Ga., home was to be built for... Continue Reading »

Army Veteran Fights HOA for Right to Fly the Flag

A 77-year-old Army veteran in Macedonia, Ohio, is fighting for the right to raise the American flag in his front yard. Fred Quigley, a retired Army chaplain and minister who served active duty during the Vietnam War, is being threatened with legal action because his flag violates his homeowners association's rules on... Continue Reading »

HOAs Detonate Foreclosed Mortgages

Homeowner associations struggle daily with how to pay the bills as more and more HOA fees go unpaid on housing units in or near foreclosure. That means HOA members are left holding the bag for unpaid mortgages in their communities -- and end up paying higher fees or getting fewer services. The Association Law Group (ALG),... Continue Reading »

HOAs: What Homebuyers Need to Know

You may recall the story of Captain Michael Clauer and his wife, May. The couple, who live in Frisco, Texas, owned their $300,000 home free and clear. But when Michael, an Army reservist, was deployed to Iraq, his wife got into a funk and failed to pay their $800 homeowner association dues. Next thing you know, the... Continue Reading »

Homeowners Association Foreclosure Reversed for Texas Military Family

Finally, a homeowners association foreclosure story with a happy outcome. HousingWatch told you about Captain Michael Clauer and his family of Frisco, Tex., a community about 20 miles north of Dallas, who lost their home to foreclosure for failure to pay $977.55 in HOA dues. Well, on Monday, the Clauers settled with the... Continue Reading »

Homeowners Association That Evicted U.S. Soldier Gets Death Threats

We told you about U.S. Army National Guard Capt. Michael Clauer and his wife, May, who lost their Frisco, Texas home because they fell behind on home association dues. Now the HOA is getting blowback. In Texas, if you fail to pay your home association dues, an HOA has the legal power to foreclose on your home -- even if... Continue Reading »

U.S. Soldier Evicted by Homeowners Association While Serving in Iraq

Capt. Michael Clauer of Frisco, Texas was deployed and serving his country in Iraq when the Heritage Lakes Homeowners Association decided to sell his family's home. The story is an especially surprising one considering that the HOA foreclosed on the home owned by Capt. Clauer, who serves in the Army Reserve, and his wife... Continue Reading »

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