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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • 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………………………..
  • Judge rules Sammie Sias, ex-commissioner, will not get a new trial (GA) June 3, 2023
    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 in government funds for the center.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It pretty much broke our hearts’ | Douglasville family fined by HOA after deadly Sweet 16 party shooting (GA) May 19, 2023
    She said the neighborhood joined her in a prayer walk after the shooting. Then, weeks later – Walker-Cherry’s cousin, who owns the house they rent on Talkeetna Road, received a letter from the attorney of the Chaparral Ridge HOA stating, “You are hereby given notice of a firearm violation and fines of $10,000.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Milton to list ‘golf carts’ separately in personal transport vehicle code (GA) May 18, 2023
    After months of controversy within White Columns subdivision, a community that bans “golf carts” but not necessarily “personal transportation vehicles,” the Milton City Council voted May 15 to modify its ordinance governing the transports.   Read the article………………………..
  • Roswell neighbors fear sinkholes, stormwater damage will lead to roads caving in (GA) May 10, 2023
    Roswell residents living in a small community off Warsaw Road worry heavy rains, an overflowing creek and an old rusty pipe will eventually cause a road to collapse in their small subdivision of 30 homes — where a 15-foot sinkhole has already caved in.   Read the article………………………..
  • Metro Atlanta condo owners informed of financial trouble and liens (GA) April 26, 2023
    A metro Atlanta condominium complex informed its owners and renters that it’s in serious financial trouble.  Meter readers showed up at the Treymont at Sugarloaf condos on Tuesday to check water usage.  Read the article………………………..
  • He put solar panels on his roof. Now his HOA wants them removed (GA) April 13, 2023
    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) April 12, 2023
    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) April 1, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Jones Creek golf course, clubhouse stay separate after rezoning is upheld (GA) March 22, 2023
    A controversial zoning change in one of Columbia County’s most upscale neighborhoods stayed intact Tuesday, meaning a defunct golf course is still without its original clubhouse.   Read the article………………………..
  • Embattled Milton official sues for damages (GA) March 13, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Sinkhole opens up at Marietta Condominiums, residents in 70 units unable to park near homes (GA) March 11, 2023
    A sinkhole is blocking off dozens of residents from driving to their homes in Marietta.  More than 70 units are currently blocked off from their homes as crews work to repair the damage caused by a sinkhole at the Brantley Ridge Condominium complex.     Read the article………………………..
  • White Columns HOA accused of dodging covenants (GA) March 9, 2023
    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………………………..
  • 6 Families Displaced In Lithonia Condo Fire (GA) February 27, 2023
    Six families were displaced in a Sunday night condo fire that was caught on video, Atlanta News First reported.
  • Water service restore to to most residents at Conyers condo complex (GA) February 22, 2023
    More than 80% of residents at a Conyers condominium complex who were left without water after members of the homeowners association switched utility management services in January have had their accounts restored.   Read the article………………………..
  • Jones Creek residents could appeal decision that leaves golf course without clubhouse (GA) February 17, 2023
    That request was protested by Jones Creek residents eager to see the golf course refurbished. Past developers who have approached the Jones Creek Homeowners Association have said that any plan to resurrect the golf course would have to include the centrally located clubhouse.   Read the article………………………..
  • Woman, newborn baby fighting for their lives after shooting at DeKalb condos plagued with issues (GA) February 3, 2023
    Police said they are currently investigating the incident and following leads, but this particular complex has a troubled history with crime, crumbling buildings, and blight making headlines for decades.   Read the article………………………..
  • Rockdale County officials assisting residents of condo complex left without water service (GA) February 2, 2023
    Some residents of a Conyers condominium complex have been wondering where their water went after members of the homeowners association switched utility management services at the beginning of the new year.  Rockdale County officials have sent packages of bottled water to residents of the Viewpointe East Condominiums   Read the article………………………..
  • Firm proposes reopening Augusta-area golf course, but there’s a catch (GA) January 24, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Clayton Co. Board of Commissioners employee arrested on Athens embezzlement charges (GA) January 18, 2023
    She allegedly stole a total of $300,00 over several years from Bulldog RV Park, owned by a homeowners association for which she served as treasurer, according to Athens Clarke County police Lt. Jody Thompson.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hundreds of aging Georgia dams sit upstream of homes and major roads—and are in urgent need of upgrade and repair January 17, 2023
    Nearly 200 dams—more than in any other state—are described as high-hazard and in poor condition by the National Inventory of Dams, an official database maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   Read the article………………………..
  • St. Simons HOA asks for ownership of neighborhood park (GA) January 2, 2023
    Among other things, the Glynn County Commission will discuss Thursday a request from the Island South Condo Association to abandon a small parcel of public land used as a park.   Read the article………………………..
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