What are HOAs? Should you live in one? What to know about the rules. (SC)

In South Carolina, HOAs are a hot topic of discussion among homeowners.  Although homeowners may dread forking over those hefty monthly dues, homeowners associations ensure community guidelines are adhered to. They also maintain the neighborhood’s appearance.    Read the article…………………………….

SCCL residents turn out to support HOA president (SC)

It was not a quiet day in Sun City Carolina Lakes on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.  Over 200 people showed up at the Lake House at noon June 28, looking to hear from the HOA Board President Thomas Powell, who had sent an email to the community earlier in the day, saying he would […]

HOA says single elevator at senior living community will cost $120K to fix (SC)

Residents at one senior living community in West Columbia said the only elevator in their building has been broken for several months.  The Hulon Greene Homeowners Association said the elevator experienced “the failure” in November 2023. However, residents said the elevator had been broken since September.    Read the article…………………………….

2 found dead after firefighters battle Goose Creek condo fire (SC)

Two people were found dead after an early morning fire on Pine Shadow Drive.   The Goose Creek Rural Fire Department responded to a fire call at 1:56 a.m. May 20 and found a “significant” fire on the first floor of a row of townhomes.  Two residents had jumped from the second floor before firefighters arrived. […]

HOA dispute? How to resolve heated issues (SC)

Complaints against homeowner associations have become so common in South Carolina that the Department of Consumer Affairs said it’s the biggest growing category of all the reports they get.  So 7NEWS Here to Help looked into how people can resolve many of these disputes before they get too heated.   Read the article…………………………….

AMG HOA and Condominium Manager CEO Paul K. Mengert Receives Prestigious 2024 Community Associations Institute Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs

Paul K. Mengert, CEO of Association Management Group (AMG), was honored with the prestigious 2024 Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs by the Community Associations Institute (CAI) on Friday, May 10. This distinguished accolade honors individuals whose outstanding volunteer efforts have significantly propelled the government and public affairs initiatives of CAI   Read the […]

Neighbors concerned over giant hole in Richland County neighborhood (SC)

Neighbors in one Richland County neighborhood are banding together to try and fix a water drainage problem that has caused a massive hole in one woman’s backyard.  The large hole is in the Cameron Ridge Subdivision right off Caughman Road.  Robin Odems and her neighbors tell WIS News 10 the hole in her backyard has […]

Residents question fire safety after 2-alarm fire in Carolina Forest condo complex (SC)

After a two-alarm fire ripped through a River Oaks condo Saturday morning, nearby residents are questioning their safety saying they didn’t even know it was happening.  River Oaks residents claim they didn’t realize the roof of their condo building was on fire Saturday morning until a neighbor came banging on their doors.    Read the article…………………………….

Goodbye turf grass: HOA embraces native plants for their gnarly roots

When James McKee became president of his community’s homeowners association three years ago, he did it for the stormwater ponds.  The 13 ponds in Seaside Farms provide protection against flooding by storing excess stormwater, but McKee was surprised to learn that their main function is to clean the water.     Read the article…………………………….

Employee accused of stealing over $200,000 from HOA in Anderson Co. (SC)

An employee is accused of stealing over $200,000 from a homeowners association in Anderson County.  According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, detectives met with the Overlook Homeowners Association President after he noticed a large amount of money was missing from the association’s account.   Read the article…………………………….

Myrtle Beach HOA won’t provide completion date for public trail nearly 5 years after opening (SC)

A Myrtle Beach Homeowners Association still won’t provide a completion timeline for a public walking trail from nearly five years ago.  The Grand Dunes community in June 2019 announced plans for the Waterway Trail, a 2-mile multi-use trail along the Intracoastal Waterway near the Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA.    Read the article…………………………….

Surge in HOA complaints fuels calls for regulation (SC)

Consumer complaints against South Carolina homeowner associations (HOAs) have more than quadrupled since official record-keeping began in 2018, according to a new S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs report. And that’s part of what is fueling renewed calls for better HOA regulation in a state where more than 25% of residents live under association governance.  Read the […]

Surge in HOA complaints fuels calls for regulation (SC)

Consumer complaints against South Carolina homeowner associations (HOAs) have more than quadrupled since official record-keeping began in 2018, according to a new S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs report. And that’s part of what is fueling renewed calls for better HOA regulation in a state where more than 25% of residents live under association governance.   Read […]

Richland Co. HOA complaints from 2023 continue to concern Lake Carolina residents (SC)

According to records from the Department of Consumer Affairs, 10 of the county’s 56 HOA complaints from 2023 were written specifically to the Lake Carolina Master’s Association.  Some residents had filed complaints dating back to August 2023, pertaining to an abandoned property and walking paths that need repairs.    Read the article…………………………….

20 displaced after 2-alarm condo building fire, officials say (SC)

When fire crews arrived to the scene they found fire moving quickly through the building and the roof, say officials.  Officials also say 19 units were damaged at the condo building and 20 people have been left displaced due to the fire.  Read the article…………………………….

S. Carolina Insurer’s Bad Faith Causes $27M Loss from Policies with $2.5M Limit

A panel of the South Carolina Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a trial court order requiring Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Insurance Co. to pay an award totaling $27,339,535.46 to developer Portrait Homes and the Persimmon Hill Homeowner’ Association, even though the policies it sold Castillo’s company provided only $2.5 million in coverage.    Read the […]

Irmo mayor at odds with his community association over campaign signs (SC)

The meeting followed Walker, who is on the ballot for re-election Nov. 7, placing campaign signs in his yard and the association deeming it inappropriate.  Neighborhood policy dictates that campaign signs may “may display only the politician’s name and party affiliation and possibly his/hers contact information and be displayed no more than thirty (30) days […]

Emergency crews respond to fire at Charleston condominium (SC)

The fire impacted five units with three being by water damage, according to Julazadeh.  Six people were inside the units when the fire started and one person was taken to a hospital, Julazadeh said. The fire department believed that she had lost one animal.    Read the article……………………………

Sun City HOA board amends political ban (SC)

The controversy in the Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL) community regarding a decision by its homeowners association board to bar campaigning by declared political candidates on association property is being resolved.   Read the article………………………..

Regulators talk options for coastal SC homeowners reeling with home insurance ‘crisis’

The news is out about the ongoing premium pressures hitting hundreds of property owners across South Carolina, especially the coastal region.  Monday, a town hall took place hosting state leaders from across the insurance industry to handle questions about what some state leaders see as a potential crisis for homeowners.    Read the article………………………..

Injuries reported after stairway collapse at North Myrtle Beach condo (SC)

Two adults and two children were involved in a stairway collapse late Friday in North Myrtle Beach, according to police.  Ofc. Patrick Wilkinson with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department told WMBF News the incident happened at around 10:15 p.m. at the Sea Cabin condos on North Ocean Boulevard.     Read the article………………………..

Myrtle Beach resort’s pools shut down several times. Now a mom is suing over chemical burns (SC)

Several defendants are named in the lawsuit, which was filed in June 2021 in Florence, but has had several versions since then. Defendants include Brittain Resorts and Hotels LLC; Ocean Front Investors, doing business as Caribbean Resort & Villas; Caribbean Oceanfront Tower Homeowners Association; Ally Management; and Hucks Pool Co.   Read the article………………………..

Irmo homeowners want brick wall in their neighborhood fixed (SC)

An Irmo neighborhood has been in a three year battle over a partially collapsed brick wall. Upset residents have reached out to News 19 for help in reaching a solution.  Back in May of 2020, homeowners in Carmel Commons explain they came home to a giant problem: a fallen brick wall. “It’s about eight feet, […]

SCDCA Releases Special Five-Year Homeowners Association Complaint Report (SC)

In celebration of the Homeowners Association (HOA) Law’s fifth anniversary, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is releasing a compilation of the HOA complaint data received from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2022. The HOA Five-Year Complaint Report covers general complaint data and information from the HOA supplemental questionnaire, shows any trends […]

Flag flareup offers a reminder about the power of HOAs (SC)

Some of the most intrusive, micro-managing local governments aren’t actually local governments at all but rather private associations many people join, with varying degrees of awareness, when they buy a new home.  Read the article………………………..