City rejects request to take over private streets (MO)

The Washington City Council has rejected a request to take over maintenance of private streets in the Turtle Creek subdivision.  City Administrator Darren Lamb sent a letter May 14 to the Turtle Creek Homeowners Association stating the city was turning down the request for several reasons including lack of right-of-way and lack of compliance with […]

Condo owners in Brentwood complain about skyrocketing H.O.A. fees (MO)

Mary Ann Moore is a member of the Brentwood Forest Condos board.  “I can understand why they’re a little shocked by that,” she said.  Moore said that the condo complex has been hit with a combination of increased costs that have created a perfect storm. She said the December assessment paid for engineering work and […]

Missouri bill aims to legalize backyard chicken ownership

Chicken enthusiasts in Missouri may have something to crow about soon.  Many Missourians have sought to raise backyard chickens in recent years, citing higher egg prices and health-related concerns.  Now, a bill that’s passed the Missouri House in Jefferson City aims to legalize backyard chicken ownership, regardless of what a homeowner’s association agreement might say. […]

After paying into condo association, O’Fallon residents want answers after getting storm damage bill (MO)

Within homeowners and condominium associations, residents often find themselves embroiled in disputes over accountability, transparency, and financial responsibility. The I-Team has uncovered that many of these types of associations are struggling to manage soaring insurance premiums and having trouble meeting their obligations    Read the article…………………………….

Family of Ralph Yarl files civil suit against Andrew Lester, homeowners association (MO)

The family of Ralph Yarl filed a civil lawsuit early Monday against Andrew Lester and the homeowner’s association in connection to the shooting in April 2023 that left Yarl severely injured.  In addition to criminal charges filed last year against Lester, Monday’s lawsuit states the 80-year-old and the Highland Acres Homes Association were careless and […]

Fact Finders: What’s the legality of neighborhood security cameras? (MO)

Neighborhoods from Baltimore to Oklahoma City to Oakland are making news this year for installing security cameras that can read license plate numbers. And now we’re getting a question from a local viewer. Mary Ann wants to know: Is it legal for a neighborhood association to install speed limit signage with cameras that record vehicles […]

HOA asks city to take over street maintenance (MO)

Leaders of a Washington homeowners association called on the city to take over maintenance of private streets in their neighborhood and raised questions about how the current arrangement, under which the HOA is responsible for maintenance, came to be in the first place.   Read the article…………………………….

Amid short-term rental debates, some HOAs consider limits or bans (MO)

Despite some predictions earlier this year of an “Airbnbust,” bookings and profits are growing for the vacation rental company.  With the continued popularity of websites such as Airbnb and VRBO, local governments are developing new laws to regulate short-term rentals. But within cities and towns, a similar task faces another government-like entity: the homeowners association.  […]

Another solar panel fight in west St. Louis County heads to court (MO)

Kean is friends with the trustees on the board — he used to be one — so he asked why he was denied. It wasn’t so much about his proposal, the president of the board allegedly told him, but that the trustees were afraid an approval would set off the “wild west of requests, and […]

Real Property: Restrictive Covenant-Child Care Business (MO)

Where homeowners challenged a grant of summary judgment in favor of their homeowners association based on a finding that the homeowners violated restrictions by providing child care services from their single-family home, the restrictive covenant did not explicitly prohibit business or commercial use, so the judgment is reversed   Read the article…………………………….

Power outage leads to major sewage leak at Lake Waukomis (MO)

There’s something in the water, and it’s forced Lake Waukomis to close for nearly a week.  A power outage late Thursday night ultimately ended with sewage leaking into the lake……..FOX4 spoke with the city’s homeowner’s association, which say it will advocate for safeguards to make sure this never happens again.    Read the article………………………….

County makes progress to replace ‘bad’ bridge near Arnold (MO)

While subdivision streets must meet certain standards before the county will take them over, Jonas, who proposed the program and coordinates it, has said he wants to bring as many bridges as possible under county control because most subdivision homeowners associations lack the financial wherewithal to maintain, replace or repair failing bridges.   Read the article………………………..

KC woman speaks out on bat issue at condo (MO)

A Kansas City woman is speaking out about a problem that she says is driving her “bat crazy.”  She’s been forced out of her home multiple times to flee bats – a problem she says the HOA is responsible for.  “I’m petrified, I’m nervous. I have panic attacks,” said Kimberly Britton. “I’m afraid to go […]

Homeowners’ Association-Trash Enclosure-Assessments (MO)

Dash v. Taylor (MLW No. 79870/Case No. ED110838 – 10 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Sullivan, J.) Appealed from circuit court, St. Louis County, Walsh III, J. (Timothy J. Phillips for appellant) (Jay L. Kanzler Jr. for respondent).

Bill brings homeowners’ associations in Missouri under fire

A bill in the Missouri House could allow homeowners from across the state to be freed from the constraints put on them by homeowners’ associations.  “If I could afford a helicopter pad for the property I just bought and I couldn’t build it, I’d be suing everybody,” Rep. Donna Baringer, D-St. Louis, said during a […]

O’Fallon Police Department rolls out new position dedicated to ridding neighborhoods of problem properties, feuds (MO)

“One of the first incidents I’ve been assigned to was there’s a neighbor, or resident, that was putting dog feces on the sidewalk,” Young said. “He didn’t want people walking on the public sidewalk behind his home.”  Young said the homeowner’s association asked the man to remove the feces after several neighbors complained, but Young […]

Fire damages condos along Table Rock Lake (MO)

A fire damaged several condos at a complex along Table Rock Lake on Friday.  Firefighters responded to the fire at the Eagles Nest Condo on Indian Point around noon. The fire damaged one building of condos. The high winds created issues for firefighters battling the flames.    Read the article………………………..

Firefighters battle condo fire at Lake of the Ozarks (MO)

Firefighters responded to the Sycamore Pointe Condos around 11 a.m.  Investigators do not know the cause of the fire. The fire damaged four units in the complex. Firefighters say the fires were a challenge to put out.   Read the article………………………..

Fire damages multiple units at St. Louis Park condo complex (MO)

Several homes within the Wynmoor Condominiums complex at 3200 Virginia Ave. S. were damaged in a fire around 5:20 a.m. Sunday, the city of St. Louis Park says.  City officials say seven local fire departments responded to the scene, where three units were fully engulfed in flames.   Read the Q&A……………………………….

Why HOA Rules Inspire Such Bitter Fights Around KC (MO)

A bitter fight over stormwater management and a duck pond shows what can go wrong with HOA covenants, which an expert calls “some of the strongest documents in our legal system.”  Read the article………………………..

Severe foundation problems force St. Charles family out of subdivision (MO)

Another family was forced to move out of the troubled Heritage subdivision in St. Charles.  An emotional Victoria Poletti told FOX 2’s Elliott Davis she had to leave her home after seeing severe foundation problems like deep cracks in the basement floor and cracks in the walls and ceiling.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Missouri bill would cut down on HOA solar restrictions

The Missouri legislature passed a bill that would cut down on HOA solar restrictions, exempt some solar installations from sales taxes and more. Renew Missouri applauded the passage of SB 745 as a significant win for solar in the Show-Me State and urged Gov. Mike Parson to sign the legislation as soon as possible.  Read the […]

Southwest Missouri senator’s bill would outlaw homeowners’ associations from banning solar panels

A bill advancing through the state legislature would prevent homeowners’ associations from banning solar panels on the roofs of homes.  Senate Bill 820, sponsored by Sen. Eric Burlison, a Battlefield Republican, would make it illegal for “deed restrictions, covenants or similar binding agreements” to forbid homeowners from installing panels on their roof.   Read the entire […]

Dozens of residents at downtown lofts come forward blaming management and the building’s condo association for lack of safety (MO)

Ely Walker Lofts is one of the many condominium buildings that sits on downtown St. Louis’ main corridor, Washington Avenue. It’s also been the site of a murder, multiple car break-ins, and suspected illegal parties. Now, dozens of residents who have contacted News 4 want answers.  Read the entire article……………………………….