State Rep Pushes Legislation to Regulate Property Management Comps, Community Association Mgmt (GA)

Companies that manage homeowners’ associations could soon be subject to more regulations.  State Representative Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia) recently introduced House Bill 1258, legislation she says will “increase accountability for property management firm brokers and community association management brokers.”     Read the article…………………………….

Residents upset HOA so negligent, even Section 8 won’t let tenants live there (GA)

A homeowner’s association, or HOA, is responsible for maintaining the property values of the community under its jurisdiction. When HOAs make news, it’s often about complaints with an overzealous board fining residents for what they believe are irrational things.  There is a bill in the Georgia Senate to create transparency and accountability within the state’s […]

Podcast: At the crossroads of politics and HOAs (GA)

Michael Crew, Owner and CEO of Homeowner Management Services, joins Craig in studio to talk about what an HOA is, how they work, and what they can and cannot do.   Listen to the podcast………………………………

Warrants out for the arrest of HOA president, treasurer at troubled South Fulton condo complex (GA)

The City of South Fulton Police Department has secured arrest warrants for two officials with Camelot Condominiums.  City officials announced on Thursday that they have taken out warrants against Bettye Ligon and Lyndon Baldwin Sr., the president and treasurer of Camelot Condominiums Homeowners Association.    Read the article……………………………………

HOA member points gun at carpet shampoo salesman in Grovetown neighborhood (GA)

A man selling carpet shampoo in a Grovetown neighborhood was arrested after an altercation with a member of the neighborhood’s homeowner association.  Just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 300 block of Beech Lane in Grovetown for an altercation between a member of the neighborhood’s HOA and a salesman […]

4 people escape fire at townhomes in DeKalb County (GA)

Emergency crews were called to 1119 Village Mainstreet in Stone Mountain around 4:45 a.m. Upon arrival, crews saw heavy flames and began working to put it out.  Officials say the fire broke out in a building comprised of four units. One of the units is occupied, and two sustained heavy fire damage.   Read the article………………………………..

HOA files lawsuit to stop rebel property owner (GA)

The River Forest Homeowners Association is seeking a restraining order to stop a property owner from completing a River Forest home without having his plans approved by the homeowners association, a dispute that has already landed the property owner in jail.  (partial article)    Read the article……………………………….

Peaceful rock garden installed for injured child draws HOA’s ire (GA)

After a doctor prescribed horticultural therapy, Ghant didn’t think twice about installing a rock garden with a water feature in her front yard. But she should have.  The Walden Park Community Association sent Ghant a “cease and desist notice,” telling her she violated the HOA’s covenants, adding the garden was installed without “prior written approval.”  […]

HOA cuts sick resident’s water off after she falls behind on dues (GA)

Beth Williams fell behind on her homeowner association dues after she was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure.  Williams, who lives in Paulding County, belongs to the Cottage Cove Homeowners Association, which cut off her water supply for 31 days, forcing her to survive using store-bought gallons and a water dispenser that was given to her.  Read […]

He put solar panels on his roof. Now his HOA wants them removed (GA)

When Alex Betancourt and his family moved from Buford to nearby Suwanee in 2021, the house they purchased checked all of their boxes. Good schools, a desirable neighborhood and plenty of space for his wife and five kids.  And the roof of the home — unobstructed by trees and facing south — was ideal for […]

Lightning sparks fire at DeKalb condo complex, officials say (GA)

Lightning sparked flames at a condo complex Friday night, officials with DeKalb Fire said.  It happened at the Ramsgate Condominiums at 2825 NE Expressway Access Rd. When firefighters arrived they saw flames. Fire crews were able to get the fire under control.   Read the article………………………..

Cherokee County community at odds over feral cat problem (GA)

Residents in a Cherokee County community are at odds over the feral cats in their neighborhood.  Kris Baker said the cats have been around for years.  “We’ll just put some food out for the cats that are hungry and that’s all we were doing,” she said. “We’re not claiming the cats, they’re not our cats.”  […]

Crawford Creek residents concerned about closed amenities (GA)

If you have a basketball court in your neighborhood, it’s usually a hot spot this time of year. But in one neighborhood in Columbia County, the Homeowners Association does not think it’s a good idea to have one any longer.   Read the article………………………..

Judge rules Sammie Sias, ex-commissioner, will not get a new trial (GA)

During the trial last summer, FBI agents testified that Sias deleted 7,000 files in minutes after receiving a grand jury subpoena for bank records. The subpoena came as part of an investigation into the spending of tax dollars at the Jamestown Community Center.  Sias served as president of a homeowner’s association which received the $150,000 […]

He put solar panels on his roof. Now his HOA wants them removed (GA)

And the roof of the home — unobstructed by trees and facing south — was ideal for solar panels.  Betancourt’s homeowners association, however, shot down his plan to install panels on the back roof of his home facing away from the street, saying the array did not conform to “community standards.”     Read the article………………………..

Two dead after fire at ‘worst community in America,’ officials say (GA)

At least one person (update: 2)has died in a fire at a troubled condominium in DeKalb County, according to the fire department.  The fire is at the Brannon Hill Condominiums, and DeKalb Fire officials said one person has died. There’s no information on how the fire may have started.   Read the article………………………..

Sinkhole nightmare growing at Marietta condo complex (GA)

Residents of the Bently Ridge Condominiums in Cobb County are still dealing with a sinkhole that has been growing for nearly three weeks. Dozens of resident are having to walk a long way to their units to avoid it since the road remains closed off.     Read the article………………………..

Embattled Milton official sues for damages (GA)

The issue stems from a May 2, 2022, council meeting in which Moore voted to defer discussion on a matter to reimburse part of the costs for traffic calming devices installed by the White Columns Homeowners Association, a neighborhood in which Moore resides.   Read the article………………………..

White Columns HOA accused of dodging covenants (GA)

Residents of White Columns are complaining their homeowners association is using a city ordinance loophole to allow all personal transportation vehicles on their streets.  Read the article………………………..

Firm proposes reopening Augusta-area golf course, but there’s a catch (GA)

Other ownership factors complicate the property. While the golf course has one owner, Saul, and the clubhouse has another owner, Herbert, Jones Creeks’ swimming pool and tennis courts are owned by the HOA. The only access to those amenities is through vaguely defined easements through the private clubhouse property.    Read the article………………………..