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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • With reopened golf course on hold, Columbia County neighborhood proposes new private pool (GA) July 16, 2024
    A Columbia County golf community, with its 18-hole golf course closed, is pivoting toward transforming its pool area into its No. 1 amenity.  The Jones Creek Homeowners Association in Evans is asking Columbia County to grant new buffer and setback standards when it demolishes and rebuilds a pool house that residents say has become too small and isn’t up to code.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Belmont Park in Newnan sparks state legislation (GA) July 5, 2024
    Homeowners association, the words conjure up thoughts of power-hungry board members harassing their neighbors, neighborhood segregation, and fines.  What they do not bring to mind are peaceful, clean, well-kept neighborhoods.  Horror stories abound about homeowners associations gone bad. But people buying into new neighborhoods are often required to join the HOA created by the developer to govern the community   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fayetteville Invites Community Leaders to HOA/POA Meeting for Civic Engagement at City Hall June 29, 2024
    The City of Fayetteville is gearing up to host a significant gathering aimed at those entwined in the workings of neighborhood governance.  Slated for Saturday, August 17, 2024, from 9:30 to 11:00 in the morning, Fayetteville officials will hold an HOA/POA meeting at the City Hall.    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Stop the nonsense’: Georgia lawmakers move to give homeowners more rights in HOA disputes June 27, 2024
    Georgia lawmakers are moving to limit the power given to homeowners associations after hearing horror stories from residents who say they were unfairly fined.   Video news report……………………..
  • Georgia homeowners share nightmarish legal brawls June 22, 2024
    Georgia residents who have faced foreclosure proceedings and, in at least one case, lost their house to their homeowners association detailed frustrating conflicts stemming from what they described as an abuse of power.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Richmond Hill neighbors battle HOA over melting homes (GA) June 20, 2024
    Many people in Richmond Hill housing subdivisions say they’re dealing with siding on their homes melting in the sunlight.  One woman says her homeowners association is stopping her from making a change to prevent it from happening again.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Dunwoody residents get details on DeKalb’s watershed issues (GA) June 10, 2024
    DeKalb officials told the Dunwoody Homeowners Association at its June 9 meeting that $520 million has been invested in the county’s water treatment system since 2017, but it is still antiquated and fragile.  Maria Houser, the director of the county’s Capital Improvement Plan and Environmental Compliance, said significant achievements in the past seven years include improvements to the plant itself, the development and completion of the first phase of a master plan that will run through the year 2050, and ...
  • NCSO implementing community safety campaign (GA) June 4, 2024
    The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a community safety campaign program called Connect Newton.  To keep communities informed and aid in the understanding of local crime, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office invites residents to participate in the upcoming program. The NCSO requests that neighborhoods or communities with a Homeowners Association (HOA) provide a contact person’s name, email address, and phone number to its Crime Analysis and Intelligence Unit    Read the article…………………………….
  • Why Georgia Condominium Owner’s Fight Against HOAs Could Have Nationwide Implications May 17, 2024
    A legal fight is brewing in Georgia over how much authority the state’s Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) can exercise over condominium community residents. The frustrations that Georgia condominium owners are voicing have led to a bill in the state legislature to curtail HOAs authority to foreclose on residents who violate the condominium rules. Since the issues of Georgia condominium owners are common in HOAs nationwide, the bill’s fate could have national repercussions.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Warner Robins stir: Residents drained by runoff ruining Leisure Lake (GA) May 14, 2024
    As the water recedes, concerns over runoff and sediment filling Leisure Lake in Warner Robins have escalated, prompting residents to seek answers from city officials.  Duane Smith, President of the Homeowner’s Association at Leisure Lake, situated off Moddy Road, expresses apprehension about storm drainage issues plaguing the lake for decades.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Lawmakers to refile bill to stop HOAs from taking people’s homes after Channel 2 investigation (GA) May 8, 2024
    Just a day after Channel 2 Action News aired an investigation into people losing their homes over aggressive homeowners’ associations, we have learned that lawmakers plan on refiling legislation to prevent people from losing their homes in the future.  Several state representatives said they will refile House Bill 1032 which would make it illegal for HOAs to foreclose on a home because of unpaid fees.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘You broke us.’ GA lawmakers to rein in aggressive HOAs after hearing homeowner horror stories May 6, 2024
    HOA nightmares are one of the most frequent calls into the Channel 2 Action News investigative tipline. Now there are new bipartisan efforts by state lawmakers to look at how to rein in homeowner associations that go too far.  Read the article…………………………….Channel 2 consumer investigator Justin Gray looked into how an HOA can take your house in Georgia.
  • Thief arrested after being caught on camera stealing mail from Cobb County neighborhood (GA) April 23, 2024
    Police say they found 70 pieces of stolen mail in a man’s car. Video from a security camera shows the suspect in action.  It’s just before 2 a.m. on Atwater Drive in Smyrna. A security camera was positioned perfectly to catch the man’s every move.  He opens a mailbox, pulls out an envelope, places it in his pocket, looks directly into the camera, then walk he walks off.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Trees keep falling in Cherokee Co. neighborhood, homeowners worry with every storm (GA) April 12, 2024
    Cherokee County homeowners say with each rolling storm they sit with bated breath because of trees randomly falling on top of homes.  “If a bad storm comes through those trees could fall right down,” Chris Frymyer said.  O’Neal Wilburn showed Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Ashli Lincoln the damage to his bedroom when a tree fell on his home last month.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Dunwoody Lemonade Days celebrates 25 years of revitalization (GA) April 12, 2024
    Lemonade Days has been a Dunwoody tradition since 1999. The first event was held as a fundraiser for a campaign to replant trees following the devastating tornado that cut through Dunwoody on April 9, 1998. The Dunwoody Homeowner’s Association, Dunwoody Preservation Trust and Dunwoody Nature Center joined forces to replace trees with the “Replant the Dunwoody Forest” effort.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Buckhead Condo Residents Riled Up Over Developer’s Plans (GA) April 5, 2024
    A group of residents living in a historic Buckhead condo complex are concerned about an apartment developer’s possible changes to the property after it bought nearly two-thirds of the units, but the company’s leader says it has no plans to demolish the buildings there.  The condo complex, Huntington Arms, is a set of brick buildings facing Peachtree Street on the south end of Buckhead. Designed by architect C. Wilmer Heery Jr., it opened as an apartment complex in 1929 and ...
  • Sisters sue a luxury townhome community’s HOA in effort to save a historic Black cemetery (GA) March 30, 2024
    The cemetery is at the center of a lawsuit brought by descendants of people buried there against the homeowners association that owns the property. The lawsuit alleges the luxury townhomes’ HOA has failed to maintain the property as required, allowing nature to envelop the site and render it almost unrecognizable.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Savannah Highlands neighbors feud with HOA (GA) March 12, 2024
    People who live in one Savannah neighborhood are butting heads with their homeowners’ association.  Though many neighbors declined to be interviewed on camera for fear of repercussions, one resident was willing to speak on the issue.  He says the common spaces that are supposed to be managed by the Savannah Highlands Homeowners’ Association are not being taken care of, and the cost of some recent projects isn’t adding up.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents upset HOA so negligent, Section 8 won’t let tenants live there (GA) March 9, 2024
    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……    However, residents at Peyton Place said the issues are piling up right now. One resident is calling attention to the community’s condition.       Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents can’t return home after massive tree falls through DeKalb Co. condo during severe storms (GA) February 29, 2024
    When the tree fell, there were families in every unit, except the one with the most damage.  One condo owner told Channel 2?s Candace McCowan she was at the mall and might’ve otherwise been in her bedroom right where the tree fell.  For now, none of the homeowners can return to their homes.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA sends him 1 dozen-plus parking tickets, but he doesn’t own a car February 27, 2024
    For years, the Belmont Park Homeowners Association in Coweta County has been sending Roberto Cardenas parking citations for cars parked around his property.  The only problem is, he doesn’t own a car.   Nonetheless, Cardenas paid the fines because he was afraid his local HOA would put a lien on his home.   Read the article…………………………….
  • State Rep Pushes Legislation to Regulate Property Management Comps, Community Association Mgmt (GA) February 22, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • 5 displaced in Marietta multi-family condo fire, officials say (GA) February 21, 2024
    Five people were displaced after a fire damaged a multi-family condominium in Marietta on Tuesday morning, according to Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents upset HOA so negligent, even Section 8 won’t let tenants live there (GA) February 12, 2024
    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 HOAs – but it has yet to get a hearing in the judiciary committee, a hurdle it must pass before it can appear in any ...
  • Podcast: At the crossroads of politics and HOAs (GA) December 18, 2023
    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………………………………
  • ‘A major problem’: Thieves target Midtown condo’s mail kiosk, stealing every unit’s mail multiple times (GA) December 9, 2023
    He said each time they break into their kiosk which is inside their gates, the thieves steal every piece of mail from the 188 boxes.  Read the article……………………………….
  • HOA treasurer accused of taking money meant for condo fire victims turns himself in (GA) November 13, 2023
    A homeowner association treasurer accused of stealing money meant for fire victims at a troubled condo complex has turned himself in.  South Fulton police issued arrest warrants for Lyndon Baldwin, Sr., earlier this month on charges of theft by taking and theft by conversion. Records show that Baldwin surrendered at the Fulton County Jail on Sunday.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Retired vet says he can’t afford retirement home after police say HOA members stole insurance money (GA) November 8, 2023
    A retired veteran says he might not be able to afford his planned retirement home after police charged two HOA members for taking the insurance money that he needs to rebuild his condo.    Read the article……………………………
  • HOA president turns herself in; leaders host ‘Forum at Camelot’ to discuss solutions for victims (GA) November 5, 2023
    According to authorities, Ligon and Baldwin are accused of receiving nearly $2 million in insurance money after two dozen units were damaged in a fire in 2020.  Instead of cutting checks to fire victims, police say they kept the money.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Warrants out for the arrest of HOA president, treasurer at troubled South Fulton condo complex (GA) November 2, 2023
    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……………………………………
  • Disabled veteran having trouble with local homeowners association after renovating home (GA) October 31, 2023
    “I don’t want to lose my house, I don’t understand what the big deal is about it, it’s just a fence,” said Quinton Walton, a 37-year-old Army veteran. He’s referring to his home in Midland.  “My son is standing the chance to lose his home because the homeowners association for this subdivision, Garrett Creek, disapproves of him having these renovations done to have the home made more accessible,” said Pamela Armster, Walton’s mother.     Read the article………………………………
  • Frustrated homeowners say it’s time lawmakers reined in out-of-control HOA fees (GA) October 24, 2023
    There actually are regulations in Georgia and they allow what’s happening to Inostroza. In fact, with that kind of debt, the HOA could take away his house – simply auction it off on the courthouse steps. The board in Belmont Park has chosen not to take that kind of action, but 11Alive has reported on other homeowners in metro Atlanta who have lost their homes that way.   Read the article……………………………….
  • HOA member points gun at carpet shampoo salesman in Grovetown neighborhood (GA) October 11, 2023
    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 accused of solicitation.    Read the article……………………………….
  • 4 people escape fire at townhomes in DeKalb County (GA) October 5, 2023
    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) September 28, 2023
    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……………………………….
  • South Fulton outlines what they can and cannot do to fix Camelot Condos (GA) September 19, 2023
    Six people have been shot and killed this year alone at the Camelot Condos. Many South Fulton residents, including the mayor, want to tear it down. But at least one city council member says it isn’t that easy.   Read the article………………………..
  • Peaceful rock garden installed for injured child draws HOA’s ire (GA) September 15, 2023
    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.”   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA cuts sick resident’s water off after she falls behind on dues (GA) September 13, 2023
    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 the article………………………..
  • Residents from luxury Buckhead condo have new concerns days after bug infestation was fixed (GA) September 5, 2023
    After dealing with a gnat and insect infestation at a luxury apartment complex in Buckhead, residents said they’re now worried about water and mold damage after the sprinkler system went off.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents say grass not greener in Coweta subdivision (GA) August 5, 2023
    A local resident has filed a complaint with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division asking that Coweta County’s permitting authority be temporarily suspended.   Read the article………………………..
  • He put solar panels on his roof. Now his HOA wants them removed (GA) July 31, 2023
    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 solar panels.   Read the article………………………..
  • Augusta University dean sued over noncompliant Airbnb property by homeowner’s association (GA) July 29, 2023
    An Augusta University dean is being sued by his homeowner’s association for renting his home out as an Airbnb and event venue despite multiple warnings it violated the HOA rules.  Read the article………………………..
  • Lightning sparks fire at DeKalb condo complex, officials say (GA) July 22, 2023
    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) July 20, 2023
    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.”  But the growing cat population has her neighbors and homeowners association complaining.    Read the article………………………..
  • Homicide investigation underway at ‘troubled’ South Fulton condo complex, police say (GA) July 11, 2023
    “It’s one of the most troubled communities, most blighted, crime-ridden communities in our city,” Kamau previously said.  Most recently, in January, a teen was shot in the head while taking out the trash. Police never found who pulled the trigger.    Read the article………………………..
  • Residents in Richmond Hill neighborhood voice concerns over ‘eyesore’ retention pond (GA) July 5, 2023
    What residents in the Grove Park neighborhood say was once a beautiful pond, they say is now an eyesore and a safety hazard.  The pond, which residents say is so dirty the water is not visible, did not always look the way it does now.   Read the article………………………..
  • Arson leaves 10 condos destroyed, 1 hospitalized, 1 in custody, South Fulton fire officials say (GA) June 25, 2023
    Investigators confirmed with Channel 2 Action News that the cause of the fire had been determined to be arson and that one person had been taken into custody.  Authorities have not revealed the suspect’s identity or if they lived at the complex.   Read the article………………………..
  • Geese not part of your lease? How to control geese populations on your property (GA) June 21, 2023
    It’s about that time of the year when many start seeing more and more geese. Here’s how you can help stop overpopulation.  Officials say that most geese have babies anywhere from April to June. And that the middle of June is often times when they molt or lose their flight feathers to grow new ones.   Read the article………………………..
  • 3 murders, 13 assaults reported in just 1 year at troubled South Fulton condo complex (GA) June 10, 2023
    Squatters are moving into empty units in one local condominium complex where trash is piling up and crime is rising.  Some residents at The Camelot condominiums in the City of South Fulton are calling for change.   Read the article………………………..
  • Crawford Creek residents concerned about closed amenities (GA) June 8, 2023
    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………………………..
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