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Fire destroys DeKalb condo building, displacing families (GA)

Several families are out of a home after condo fire ripped through their complex.  It was just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday when neighbors said they had to evacuate their homes in the Fontaine East condos in Lithonia.  “I open the

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Ga. Supreme Court affirms Chatham man’s removal from homeowner’s association

The Georgia Supreme Court has affirmed an earlier ruling that removed a local man from a leadership position in his neighborhood’s homeowners association while a civil case continues in Chatham County courts.  In an opinion earlier this month, the court’s

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Ex-property manager indicted in theft of $8k from Cobb HOA (GA)

A former property manager was recently indicted after police say she stole more than $8,000 from a Kennesaw homeowners association.  A grand jury handed down the decision Thursday for Wendy Teresa Robinson’s pair of theft charges.    Read the article……….

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Accountant Accused of Stealing $100,000 From Homeowners Association (GA)

A local accountant has been charged with stealing money from a homeowner’s association for more than a year.  Investigators with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gregory James Heath, 43, of Cartersville on Wednesday in connection to the case.  

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Owner charged with arson in Cobb condo fire (GA)

An east Cobb County man who was the subject of an hours-long search Wednesday morning set his condominium on fire, officials said.  “The fire has been ruled arson,” Cobb fire Lt. Dan Dupree told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Matthew Olson, 31,

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Heritage Square condo owners suing real estate investor (GA)

Owners of 10 condominiums in the 46-unit Heritage Square development in Athens are suing local real estate investor Fred Moorman in an attempt to stop him from forcing the sale of their units and taking over the neighborhood.  Over the

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Manufacturer of suspected source of Marshall Square fire opts to pay as agreed (GA)

The manufacturer of the heating and cooling unit suspected of causing the fire that destroyed the retirement community of Marshall Square has decided pay up as agreed to in the settlement, said plaintiffs’ attorney Jack Long.  An attorney for the

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Disabled, decorated Army veteran battles HOA (GA)

A wounded war veteran said he is facing serious fines from his Gwinnett County neighborhood’s home owner association.  Retired Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Lister did four tours of duty: first in Iraq, then Afghanistan, but he is now in a

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Lee County Parks and Rec wins in Grand Island case (GA)

A judge ruled against the Grand Island Homeowners Association in its lawsuit against the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday afternoon.  The association was trying to stop the construction of a hospital on the Grand Island golf course,

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Fayette HOA, residents battle over plan to kill deer in the community (GA)

Some residents in a south Fayette County community have locked horns with their homeowners association over the HOA’s deer-killing plan.  The HOA at the Whitewater Creek Country Club subdivision recently told residents it plans to cull part of the whitetail

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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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