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20 displaced by fire at DeKalb condo complex (GA)

A fire at a problem-plagued condominium complex Wednesday in DeKalb County left 20 people homeless for Thanksgiving, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The blaze at the Brannon Hill complex in Clarkston destroyed a building, which crews demolished in the afternoon,

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Oral arguments held for Supreme Court case involving city of Cumming (and HOA) (GA)

Oral arguments were recently held for a Georgia Supreme Court case between the city of Cumming and homeowners of the Castleberry Homeowners Association Two, Inc.  According to court documents, the case began with issues over townhomes built in the Villages

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Grand Island Homeowners Association moves forward with lawsuit against Lee County (GA)

After weeks of speculation, the Grand Island Homeowners Association has filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the development of a new $50 million hospital in Lee County.  Homeowners association president John Ricketson informed The Herald late Tuesday afternoon that the

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Eagle Watch residents speaking out on cell tower (GA)

Eagle Watch residents are speaking out after hearing a proposed cell tower may soon occupy space in their neighborhood in the Towne Lake community in Woodstock and have received about 802 signatures on a petition opposing the tower.  The Eagle

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Homeowners threaten to sue Lee Co. Commissioners over hospital (GA)

The President of the Grand Island Homeowners Association has sent a letter of notice to the Lee County Commissioners that the association plans to file suit against the board.  The lawsuit has not been filed yet, but Dr. John Ricketson

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Neighbors react to HOA Halloween post that caused social media uproar (GA)

It’s a Halloween tradition for many Chatham county islanders,the treasure trove for treats.  A recent move by the Olde Towne subdivision property owners association, caused a social media stir.  “We’re prepared with three hundred to six hundred pieces of candy

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HOA Horrors: Few checks and balances puts residents at whim of boards, covenants (GA)

For many, a house represents years of hard work. It’s an investment not only in your finances, but also your dreams.  While that money may buy you the walls, it doesn’t always buy you control over what you do with

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Social media post stirs controversy over trick-or-treating on Wilmington Island (GA)

Controversy concerning trick-or-treating on Wilmington Island is swirling on social media.  This comes after a Facebook post about limiting non-residents from certain areas on the island.  The post was made on the Wilmington Island, Georgia Facebook page and directed to

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Whitewater Creek deer debate continues (GA)

Whitewater Creek residents packed a contentious homeowners association meeting last week to continue debating whether the HOA can authorize the shooting of about 60 deer in the Fayette County neighborhood. Scott Fabricius, the HOA president, vowed that “it’s not going

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Deer death sentences on hold? (GA)

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners heard at its Oct. 13 regular meeting from about a dozen people who said they were speaking “for the deer,” but took no action.   A recent decision by the homeowners association board of the

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Lawsuit: Drunken men burn East Cobb man with fireworks (GA)

A Fourth of July pool party at an East Cobb County community ended when a fireworks display hurt a resident.  Corey Babb claims that improperly lit fireworks burned his foot, and he is now suing the two men who lit

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HOA wants to thin out the population of deer in one community (GA)

Some Fayette County residents are trying to stop the plans of a local homeowners’ association to thin out a herd of deer.  “I’m standing here in front of a golf course, and it started out as wilderness,” resident Robert Goldberg

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Whitewater Country Club HOA to trim deer population with some residents opposing (GA)

A decision by the board of directors of the Whitewater Creek Country Club homeowners’ association to have a number of deer killed and removed from the large subdivision property along Redwine Road has generated opposition by some residents and by

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Roswell couple fights city, HOA over backyard chickens (GA)

A Roswell couple’s desire to house two chickens as pets have placed them in a tussle with the city’s code enforcement office and their homeowners association.  Architectural board members from the Willow Springs subdivision recently told the couple — Jianchu

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Fayetteville neighborhood disagrees over deer control (GA)

A neighborhood battle is brewing in a Fayetteville subdivision over the fate of deer in the area.  Some residents are opposed to a home owners’ association plan to control the deer population, while others say the deer have become a

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DeKalb County claims 3 businesses (inc. HOA) owe more than $600,000 for water (GA)

Finally, the Mendenhall Homeowners Association on Harts Mill Road in Chamblee owes the county $184,813.80 for water.  “Each individual home pays for water,” HOA President Ron McLamb said.  The HOA president said the county is billing an old master meter

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Dunwoody (GA) disputes violating Open Meetings Act in DHA controversy

The city of Dunwoody is disputing the allegation it violated the state’s Open Meeting Act when it met in an executive session June 13 resulting in a directive that members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association could no longer serve on

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Dunwoody, DHA setting policies on controversial board service (GA)

In the ongoing dispute about whether Dunwoody Homeowners Association members should serve on city boards, the DHA and the city are starting to set official policies.   Also, the state Attorney General’s Office wants to take a look at the City

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Georgia Attorney General questions legality of closed meeting

The office of the Georgia Attorney General has notified the attorneys for the city of Dunwoody that it is likely the city violated the state Open Meetings Act when it promulgated a policy on city boards and commissions in an

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Buckhead condominium accused of not properly paying water bill (GA)

Residents of The Phoenix condominiums in Buckhead first alerted CBS46 to the fact they were paying water fees to the homeowners association that weren’t being properly paid to the city of Atlanta.  Community activist and former Atlanta City Council member

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Dunwoody council considers what’s next with DHA members and city boards (GA)

Dunwoody City Council will learn more at its Sept. 12 meeting about a recent outside legal opinion stating it would be wise to keep Dunwoody Homeowners Association members off city boards “in order to protect the city.”  The DHA has

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City will give condo pass on $1 million water bill (GA)

It’s a story that will make your blood boil if you’re a city of Atlanta taxpayer.  A condo in one of Atlanta’s most expensive neighborhoods has been paying little for water and nothing for sewer for fifteen years. The city

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Outside attorneys: Dunwoody Homeowners Association members on city boards is conflict of interest (GA)

The outside attorneys the Dunwoody City Council hired in June to weigh in on its directive that members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association should be prohibited from serving on city boards agree with the city’s legal counsel that there “is

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DHA attorney: No conflict of interest for members to serve on Dunwoody city boards (GA)

The Dunwoody mayor and City Council’s attempt to implement a policy barring members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association from serving on city boards due to a fear of conflict of interests and potential lawsuits is unfounded and likely unconstitutional, according

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DeKalb Co. sues condo complex for permission to demolish burned buildings (GA)

It has been referred to as the worst neighborhood in America and one look inside Vicki Barnes musty condo in DeKalb County explains why.  “The owner we told him about down here that somebody broke in, but he didn’t seem

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Judge rules north Macon (GA) homeowners association, residents do not have standing in lawsuit

A Bibb County judge has ruled that a north Macon homeowners association and nine residents do not have a standing in a civil lawsuit filed against the zoning commission and a developer.    Read the article…………..

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HOA tells man to stop building treehouse (GA)

The large treehouse, a room built on a 20 x 20 deck, sits behind a Snellville home. Mitch Howell says he’s building it for his grandchildren to be able to play and have sleepovers in his back yard. A professional

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Homeowners sue their HOA president (GA)

Homeowner’s associations often bring communities together, but when they don’t they can create deep rifts. And that is what’s happening in the case of a Cobb County neighborhood association.   Some of the homeowners in the Cobblestone Community Association got a

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The Enclave’s HOA: Peace, No Violence (GA)

Two men were killed earlier this month inside the gated Orchard Cove apartment complex. Because the apartments sit inside the entrance of The Enclave subdivisions, it’s easy to assume they are part of The Enclave.     Read the article………….

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Gwinnett (GA) man suing HOA for right to build grandkids a treehouse

The suit asks the court to stop the Lochwolde HOA from enforcing any covenants on Howell’s property and force them to approve the treehouse’s completion. It also asks for the HOA to cover Howell’s attorneys fees.      Read the

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Buckhead (GA) condos admit to not properly paying for city services

A CBS46 investigation found that a high end high rise in Buckhead has not been properly paying the city of Atlanta for water and sewer services.  “It could be anywhere from $900,000 to $1.8 million that we owe,” Condo owner

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Water meter issue allows Buckhead (GA) condo to avoid paying for 15 years

A Channel 2 Action News investigation has discovered a high rise condominium in Buckhead filled with expensive units paid nearly nothing for water and sewer for nearly 15-years.    Read the article…………

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North Forsyth (GA) congressman introduces bill on mailbox clusters

A U.S. Congressman who represents north Forsyth introduced legislation Wednesday in light of recent changes to federal postal service rules that have left some neighborhoods without a means to get their mail delivered.    Read the article…………..

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DHA to battle back against ‘existential threat’ from Dunwoody officials with own attorney (GA)

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association voted July 10 to hire an attorney to advise the organization about what state law says about DHA members also serving on city boards.  DHA will hire real estate attorney Seth Weissman and ask him to

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DHA leaders want to ‘coexist’ with Dunwoody City Council on mutual board memberships (GA)

Hundreds of people decked out in red-white-and blue lined Mount Vernon Road and cheered as local war veterans rode past in classic cars. They were celebrating Independence Day at the annual Fourth of July Parade, the state’s largest, sponsored by

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Ex-Lake Redwine (GA) manager guilty of pocketing HOA fees

A former Lake Redwine homeowners association manager has pleaded guilty to charges of forgery and four counts of unlawful use of a financial transaction card.    Read the article………….

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Homeowner’s association hosts Fourth of July parade (GA)

The Sea Palms Homeowner’s Association plans and coordinates its fun neighborhood Fourth of July parade every year, and it is becoming more popular with the residents, their friends and relatives as they get into decorating their bikes, dogs, wagons, golf

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Dunwoody council suspends order to DHA members to choose between group and city appointments (GA)

Dunwoody City Council voted June 24 to suspend enforcement of a city directive mandating members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association to choose between their DHA memberships or serving on city boards.

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Analysis: Secrecy shrouds legality (GA)

The astounding secret decision by Dunwoody’s mayor and council to remove members of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association from city boards raises several important legal issues.  Since the city and its elected officials are silent on the matter under a claim

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After a fatal gator attack in Georgia, family’s lawsuit was unsuccessful

It didn’t take long for speculation regarding possible litigation to start swirling after a 2-year-old was fatally attacked by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando this week. In a similar case four years ago in Georgia, the state

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Atlanta (GA) says pay up — or the water will dry up

If you fail to pay your water bill, chances are in a few months, the city will shut it off. But according to Atlanta Watershed, there are some condos and apartments buildings that have gone years without paying a dime

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Homeowner threatened with hefty fines for displaying American flags (GA)

A Forsyth County man says he’s offended after his homeowners association threatened fines for displaying American flags on his property.  Stacy Campbell displayed six small flags he says he was forced to take down or face a $300-a-day fine……Campbell admits

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Woman accused of stealing from Kennesaw HOA (GA)

A former Kennesaw property manager faces criminal charges.  Wendy Teresa Robinson is accused of stealing more than $8,000 from a home owners’ association fund    Read the article…………

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Local health official lauds veto of state condo pool bill (GA)

The head of Georgia’s Coastal Health District said Wednesday she’s pleased Gov. Nathan Deal decided to veto legislation that would have removed the requirement that local health departments inspect pools belonging to condominiums, townhomes and other small-community pools.

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Judge orders Brannon Hill complex to clean up trash (GA)

A team of residents and volunteers worked to clean up piles of trash around the Brannon Hill Condominiums, after a Superior Court judge gave the homeowner’s association a 30-day window to address the problem before DeKalb County could be granted

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New legislation could put teeth in trash pit sinkhole accountability (GA)

An 11Alive investigation showed trash pits created by contractors are causing sinkholes more than a decade later. Now, new legislation could hold those responsible accountable.  Currently, there is a loophole in Georgia law allowing builders to slip through without any

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Run-down DeKalb (GA) condo complex given deadline to improve

Residents of a trash-filled and partially burned-down condo complex in DeKalb County are being given 30 days to clean up.  The Brannon Hill homeowners’ association and the county agreed in court Thursday to allow the community to remove debris, worn

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Clayton County (GA) HOA United for Change Town Hall Meeting

A coalition of Clayton County HOA’s joined forces to create Clayton County HOA’s United for Change to raise awareness, educate and inform the community on educational, political and economic issues  Read the article…………

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Smyrna (GA) firefighters rescue woman from burning condo

A fire forced residents at a Smyrna condo complex to flee to safety.  The flames broke out at the Country Park Condominiums late Sunday, according to investigators. Neighbors noticed a porch on fire and called for help.    Read the

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Sheriff wants license plate readers in subdivisions (GA)

The idea would put license plate readers at entrances to subdivisions in Rockdale County — southeast of Atlanta — in an effort to catch every car that enters a community. But with costs for the plate system reaching high into

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