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KC urban farmstead fighting to keep its farmers market open after HOA complaint (MO)

A family-owned farm in Kansas City has been hosting a farmers market for several years, but since it’s held in a residential area, the homeowners association now says it has to go.  Loud House Farm is located along east 113th

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Landslide in Fenton subdivision has residents asking, ‘who will fix this?’ (MO)

A major landslide in Fenton still has homeowners searching for answers. The landslide happened a month ago and a meeting Tuesday night didn’t ease homeowners’ concerns.  Winter Valley subdivision homeowners association held a meeting Tuesday to talk about how to

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Residents, developer fight for control of HOA with $300,000 stuck in limbo (MO)

Homeowners are in a bitter, ongoing dispute with the developer of their north Kansas City neighborhood over who has control of the homeowners association.  At stake is who controls more than $300,000 in association fees, who’s responsible for the upkeep

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Fire Sprinklers Getting A Boost At Three Lakefront Condo Complexes (MO)

Three lakefront condo complexes are taking the next step to upgrade their fire sprinklers.  The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has approved plans for upgrades to the TT water system that supplies the fire sprinklers to the Nantucket Bay, Westside

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Fire district signs off on plans to fix water system at Sunrise Beach area condos (MO)

The proposed fix for the water system serving Sunrise Beach area condominium buildings in Shawnee Bend to meet the demands of the sprinkler systems has been reviewed and approved by the fire protection district.   Read the article……………

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Village of Four Seasons, POA in tug-of-war over comp plan (MO)

A survey to help the Village of Four Seasons update its Comprehensive Plan has raised the ire of the the Four Seasons Property Owners Association, effectively reigniting a tug-of-war between the two groups.    Read the article……………

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People in 10 condos displaced after fire (MO)

Residents from 10 condos may be looking for a new place to live after a fire in St. Charles County Monday afternoon.  Cottleville firefighters responded to the Meadow Ridge condos and found flames shooting through the roof of a third

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Lightning Strike Causes Fire At Branson At The Meadows (MO)

Lightning caused a fire that forced people in 40 units at Wyndham at The Meadows in Branson to evacuate early Monday morning.  Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin tells KTTS News the fire broke out around 12:45 a.m. when lightning blew

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Missouri lawmakers propose HOA legislation, but critics say it won’t protect homeowners

Legislation in the Missouri General Assembly would address homeowners’ concerns about their homeowners associations, which sometimes find fault with issues like the color of a swing set. But critics say the legislation would only help the HOAs.    Read the

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Court ruling says KC must pay $10 million for trash rebates (MO)

In a scathing decision, a Platte County judge ruled Tuesday that Kansas City must pay $10 million in damages for violating a prior court order involving payments for trash services.  “The court finds that the city knowingly, intentionally and deliberately

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Waldo homeowners group tries to make amends after man’s arrest (MO)

A homeowners association in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City is raising money for a man’s legal fees after he was arrested when a neighbor called police on him.  The Waldo Tower Homes Association is trying to raise funds for

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Local father wins fight to keep son’s car following fatal drunk driving crash (MO)

Letters from the Homeowner’s Association arrived after they had received complaints about the car, reminding Allen the rules don’t allow junk cars on people’s properties. They wanted him to get rid of it. If he didn’t, they made clear that

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Upgrades to faulty water system at condo buildings being reviewed (MO)

The proposed upgrade to the water system serving Westside Bay and Nantucket condominiums are in the process of being reviewed by officials, including an independent fire protection engineer.  The plans come after state and local code agencies found that the

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Neo-Nazi fliers disseminated in Greenwood are a “hoax,” police say (MO)

Dozens of fliers espousing white supremacist ideologies were disseminated to Greenwood residents early Friday morning.  The fliers ostensibly came from the Nationalist Socialist Movement, one of the more prominent neo-Nazi groups in the country. They announce an “introductory” meeting for

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Lee’s Summit homeowner fights for right to install solar panels (MO)

Tim Ely wants to do something to his Lee’s Summit home that he believes is every homeowner’s right: install solar panels.  But so far, Ely hasn’t been able to get his homeowners association — Arborwalk Community Association — to agree.

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Four Seasons to redo master plan; pursue housing, commercial expansion

The impetus for recreating a Comprehensive Plan is a growing awareness by Village officials that expansion of the housing market within the Village’s boundaries and the potential need for additional retail development may be needed to sustain the Village.   Read

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Ailing ash trees mean higher homes association dues; blame a green beetle (MO)

The holidays have wrapped up, a new year is underway and it’s time to start tackling those recently acquired bills.  For some homeowners, there’s a new one in the pile: an increase in HOA dues, courtesy of a metallic green

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Trial begins: Will KC have to pay apartment/condo owners for trash pickup? (MO)

Trial testimony began Monday in a case that asks whether Kansas City must make payments to hundreds of apartment and condo owners to cover their trash services. If the case ultimately goes against the city, it could involve $10 million

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Online petition raises questions about Lake of the Ozarks residential rental properties (MO)

A petition against proposed legislation taxing residential rental properties in the Lake of the Ozarks area has raised some concerns for those who own properties there. KRCG 13 spoke to lawmakers Wednesday to clear up the issue.  The petition has

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Engineering underway to fix condo sprinklers systems in Sunrise Beach (MO)

Engineering is underway to fix water system issues at three condominium buildings in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the buildings’ sprinklers along with other

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Engineering underway to fix condo sprinklers systems in Sunrise Beach (MO)

Engineering is underway to fix water system issues at three condominium buildings in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the buildings’ sprinklers along with other

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How Should Vacation Rentals Be Taxed? Missouri Lawmakers Hear From Stakeholders

The explosive growth and expansion of transient guest nightly rentals at the Lake has been good for homeowners and vacationers. Some families are opting to rent a home on the lake, where they can enjoy a kitchen and multiple living

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$400,000 case pitting Olathe man, HOA needs more work, court rules (MO)

A four-year battle over a landscaping project in an Olathe homeowners association rages on after a state appellate court ruling raised more issues than it settled.  The Kansas Court of Appeals issued an opinion last week reversing the district court’s

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New restrictions for grills on condo and apartment decks (MO)

No charcoal grills will be allowed on decks and balconies of condos and apartments in Osage Beach effective Jan. 1 unless there is a sprinkler system in place on the decks.  But gas grills got a reprieve if certain rules

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Former Kansas City HOA treasurer gets probation for stealing more than $100,000 (MO)

The former treasurer of a Kansas City homeowners association who admitted to stealing more than $100,000 from her HOA has received two years’ probation, an action that angered many residents who sought a more severe punishment.  Loretta A. Lock pleaded

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Four Seasons condo complex gets proactive about fire safety (MO)

Harry Maier, a member of the Waters Edge Condo Association, told the Four Seasons Board of Trustees last week that his association has taken several steps to reduce the chance of a fire and has reached out to three large

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Fire in South St. Louis County leaves families displaced (MO)

An early morning fire at the Southridge Condominiums in South St. Louis County destroyed at least three units and damaged eight others.  Now, a total of 11 families are without a home. No one was injured.  “I never saw something

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Condo Fire In Osage Beach Caused By… Insect Repellent? (MO)

Smoke could be seen rising from The Ledges condominiums on Saturday morning, as fire damaged an exterior deck. Authorities suspect the blaze was caused by burning insect-repellent stakes.       Read the article…………..

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Three Lake-Area Condo Complexes Working On Fire Sprinkler Problem (MO)

Three condo complexes in Sunrise Beach are working to remedy an issue with their fire sprinkler systems.  On Thursday, Aug. 25, the board of TT Water and Sewer Company organized a conference call with all parties connected to the fire

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Condo owners at three Sunrise Beach (MO) area buildings facing evacuation for inadequacies of water supply to sprinklers

Condo owners at three Sunrise Beach area buildings are facing evacuation of all units under an emergency injunction if inadequacies of the water system to supply fire protection sprinklers are not resolved in the next few weeks.     Read the

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Sunrise Beach condo owners warned of water sprinkler (fire) system problem (MO)

Condo owners at three Sunrise Beach area condominiums are facing a significant life-safety issue after it was found recently that the water supply system for the sprinkler systems is inadequate.   West Side Bay, Nantucket Bay and RCR condominiums are all

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MISSOURIAN EDITORIAL: Without accountability, homeowners associations run amok

When they function as they’re supposed to, homeowners associations ensure neighborhood standards, property values and goodwill. Because many associations maintain private streets, sewers and water systems through fees homeowners pay, they relieve local governments of infrastructure costs.  But when HOAs

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Flash flood forecast as small Callaway County lake dam fails (MO)

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for sections of a central Missouri county because of a failing dam on a small lake.  The weather service issued the warning Wednesday for parts of Callaway County because the

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Kansas City Star goes after HOA’s

Kansas City Star reporter Judy Thomas decided she doesn’t like HOA’s and wrote a series of stories to support it.  Sort of like watching Fox News talk about the President.  (You can see 5 of these stories before they ask

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It’s not easy to take on an HOA, but it’s possible to win (MO)

For six years, Ferne Skidmore and her friends gathered weekly at the Velda Rose Estates clubhouse in Mesa, Ariz., sewing Christmas stockings to fill and give to underprivileged children.  In 2014, they made more than 3,000.  But one day last

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Leave grills alone, says crowd at condo fire safety hearing (MO)

The message from nearly two-dozen lake-area residents was clear at Monday night’s Osage Beach Fire District fire safety public hearing — leave grills alone.   Read the article……………

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Court says solar panels must go (MO)

A Missouri appellate court rejected a homeowner’s appeal of an order to remove solar panels from property in the Lake of 12 Oaks subdivision.  The Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals issued an 18-page judgement Tuesday denying all

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Legal fight brewing over KC’s trash policy for many apartments, condos (MO)

Free trash pickup has been one of the big selling points with Kansas City’s 1 percent earnings tax, from the 1970s to just this month, when voters overwhelmingly approved the tax renewal. It has been a major convenience for city residents

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Solar panels have another day in court (MO)

Matthew “Scott” Hausman had another day in court Monday as he continues to appeal a decision ordering removal of some of his solar panels by the home owners association at the Lake of 12 Oaks. Hausman has been in court

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Cape Girardeau (MO) community sees possible water, sewer bill spike

In June of 2014 the KFVS I-Team investigated the poor quality of water in Cape Girardeau’s Hillcrest neighborhood.  The Department of Natural Resources wanted home and business owners in the Hillcrest Subdivision to know that the water wasn’t safe.  

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Highlands (MO) subdivision faces fierce dispute over use of common areas

What started as a spat over a hypothetical trail became a bitter battle that might force out the majority of the Highlands Homes Association board members and change the way the association governs use of common spaces in the high-end

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Regulatory Changes Proposed After Deadly Osage Beach Condo Fire (MO)

Fire officials are considering regulatory changes after four children died in an August condominium fire in Osage Beach.  According to our CBS affiliate, KRCG, the Osage Beach Fire Protection District is planning a public hearing this month on the proposed

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(MO Sen.) Holsman hoping to stop HOA prohibitions on solar panels

Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, is hoping the fourth time is the charm on a bill that would prohibit home owners’ associations (HOAs) from keeping home owners from installing solar panels on their residences.

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Cass County residents furious over piles of uncollected garbage in their Belton (MO) neighborhood

41 Action News contacted both Deffenbaugh and the Cimarron Trails Homeowners Association, which is responsible for garbage collection.  Representatives for Deffenbaugh said a “failure of payment” forced the company to suspend pickup in the neighborhood.    Read the article…………

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This Town’s Residents Ordered to Have Matching Curtains, No BBQ Grills, Cut Lawns (MO)

If we were inclined to give out such an award, Pagedale, Mo., would be a leading contender for Nanny State of the Year.  In this suburb of St. Louis, residents have been ticketed and fined by the town’s police force

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Northland (MO) HOA sues family over backyard swimming pool

A Northland family who installed a swimming pool in their backyard last summer may soon be drowning in court fees and repair costs following a lawsuit from their own HOA.     Read the article………….

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Residents: Condo buildings in Moline Acres (MO) look like a ‘war zone’

Many nearby residents are calling the condemned Lewis and Clark Towers “a war zone” because the buildings are in such bad condition.  The buildings have graffiti, broken chairs on balconies, no electricity, and no water. Despite the problems, many people

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Four Seasons POA (MO) Firm On ‘For Sale’ Sign Ban, But Will Permit Plaques

Residents of neighborhoods governed by Property Owners Associations typically appreciate the benefits and services the associations provide, such as security and recreational facilities. Homeowners also cite as an asset the higher standards a POA maintains for the neighborhood’s appearance.   These

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Appeals court dismisses Chesterfield (MO) property association’s solar panel suit

The Missouri Court of Appeals has affirmed a St. Louis County Circuit Court judge’s dismissal of a property owners’ association lawsuit against homeowners who installed solar panels.  The court dismissed an appeal from the Highlands of Chesterfield Neighborhood Association seeking

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S.C. may empower gated-community dwellers against HOAs, managers

The volume of homeowner association complaints filed with one state regulator since January has already outpaced an earlier year, according to the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs.   Read the article………..

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