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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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Damage fixed in Shoal Creek Valley pool (MO)

Due to large amounts of broken glass on the deck and in the pool, the facility, including water slides and a lazy river, had to be drained and cleaned.  Security measures for the pool have been increased and a reward

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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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Proposed safety codes draw concern (MO)

The possibility of imposing stricter fire safety codes on a handful of condo complexes within the Village of Four Seasons has stirred the interest of at least one condo homeowners association.  Robert Davis, the Village’s building department manager and code

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Fire damages 26 vehicles at south St. Louis County condo complex

An early-morning fire Saturday damaged 26 cars at a south St. Louis County condominium, a fire official said Sunday.  The fire, at 9218 Bent Pine Court in unincorporated St. Louis County west of Grant’s Farm, began under a covered parking

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Condo managers settle over deck collapse that injured couple (MO)

A St. Louis County couple injured in a 2013 Memorial Day deck collapse settled claims against the apartment complex’s homeowners association, a condominium management company and the unit’s owner for a total of more than $1.4 million. Michael and Mary

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HOA dealt defeat in judgement, purple playground gets to stay

A judge has ruled in favor of a family who wanted to keep a purple playground in their Lee’s Summit backyard.  The Stout family says they were told by their attorney on Friday afternoon that a judge found in their

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Purple playhouse decision goes to judge

A Jackson County judge has heard all sides of a case involving a purple playset in Lee’s Summit and will make a decision in one to two weeks.   A Lee Summit neighborhood’s attempt to foil a lawsuit over a swing

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Village building department (MO) pushes for more aggressive action on condo safety measures

The Village of Four Seasons is being asked to take an aggressive approach to improving the safety of condominiums within its jurisdiction after four children lost their lives in an Osage Beach condo fire Aug. 4.  Read the article………….

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Purple playground poses problem for Lee’s Summit family (MO)

A purple playground has become a problem for a Lee’s Summit family after their homeowner’s association is threatening them with fines, sanctions and even jail time if it’s not removed.   Read the article………..

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Mo. condo fire kills 4 children

Four young children died in a raging condominium fire late Tuesday in Osage Beach, Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer said.  The children — two 2-year-olds, a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old — were all believed to be related, possibly cousins, Dorhauer said

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Village stumps for new condo safety measures (MO)

Building Inspector Robert Davis for several years has championed outside fire escapes at condominiums or the installation of sprinkler systems to help thwart a fire. Second exits at condominiums would be ideal, giving condo occupants another way out in case

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Grayhawk (MO) Residents Question Owners About Proposed Transaction

Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Weingarten was standing-room only last week as Grayhawk property owners learned about the future of their property.    Read the article………..

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South Columbia (MO) subdivision to feature edible landscaping

Adam Saunders spent much of Wednesday crawling on his hands and knees and pulling weeds from around the bushes and trees he and others have planted at The Gates, a residential subdivision being developed near Old Plank Road in south

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HOA, homeowner fight over solar panels in Kansas City (MO) neighborhood

A debate over solar panels is lighting up in Kansas City.  A homeowner said his homeowners association won’t allow him to install solar panels on his house. He thinks the debate over solar panels is just getting started.  Jason Kennedy

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Free Trees for Common Grounds (MO)

Trees are available to groups for planting through two different programs with the provision they must be planted on public or nonprofit land. For neighborhood associations and subdivisions, common grounds also qualify.   Read the article………

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Hausman continues solar energy battle (MO)

Scott Hausman, through his attorneys, filed an appeal Thursday in an ongoing case involving solar panels in a St. Joseph neighborhood.  The homeowner lives in an area known as the Lake of Twelve Oaks. The neighborhood, located in the northeastern

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Ella’s elves sneak dream house into ailing girl’s backyard (MO)

A seemingly simple wish by a little girl battling leukemia made national headlines, but now the pastel yellow playhouse with white trim is ready for Ella Schultz in her backyard.  HOA reconsiders denial of playhouse for girl battling cancer.  Workers

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Sun never sets on ‘Twelve Oaks’ solar battle

Scott Hausman and the solar panels he erected at his Lake at Twelve Oaks home have been in and out of court since 2012.  “If any case is in need of finality it is this case,” said Buchanan County Circuit

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Fire Injures Three, Residents Jump From Condo at Lake of the Ozarks (MO)

Three people were taken to an area hospital early today after they escaped from a fire at the Lone Oak Resort on Lake of the Ozarks.  Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Fire Chief Dennis Reilly said two of the injured

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Solar panels spur fights between homeowners, property associations (MO)

The controversy didn’t end after the Greycliff Homeowners Association wrapped up discussion on mailboxes, a rental property and the neighborhood clubhouse’s annual budget.  A family that chose to install solar panels without the approval of association trustees was in the

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HOA decides to let girl battling cancer get playhouse (MO)

Shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday the Stonegate Homeowners Association announced they will allow a little girl battling cancer to have her wish come true of a playhouse.  The group reversed its decision to block the little 6-year-old’s playhouse from being

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HOA reconsiders denial of playhouse for girl battling cancer (MO)

Ella Schultz is just 6 years old and she’s already battled a lot in her life. Cancer has wracked her body and she’s back at University of Kansas Hospital Tuesday night due to a fever and infection.  Read more……..

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Girl battling cancer wants playhouse but homeowners association objects (MO)

Ella Schultz is just 6 years old and she’s already battled a lot in her life.  Cancer has wracked her body and she’s back at University of Kansas Hospital Tuesday night due to a fever and infection.  But she and

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In Missouri, homeowner association solar fights continue

Bills pending before the Missouri General Assembly would prohibit homeowners associations from imposing standards that, in many cases, effectively prevent the installation of solar panels on homes.     Read more………

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Woman who stole from condo owners association gets 2.5-year prison term (MO)

A woman from Galena received a 30-month federal prison sentence, without chance of parole, for embezzling more than $300,000 from her employer in Branson. A judge on Tuesday also ordered Sarah Underwood, 36, to pay $311,280 in restitution to Fall

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Homeowner to take solar fight to higher court (MO)

Scott Hausman installed a set of solar panels on his home more than two years ago.  Since then, he and the homeowners’ association for Lake at Twelve Oaks have been battling in court concerning the legalities of the construction of

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Judge rules against homeowner in solar panel case (MO)

For more than two years, Scott Hausman has fought a legal battle to keep a solar panel system installed at his home in the Lake at Twelve Oaks subdivision.  The battle ended Tuesday with another judgment against Mr. Hausman. He

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