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  • Kansas homeowners urge lawmakers to ban ‘punitive’ rooftop solar restrictions February 15, 2024
    Alan Bauman would put solar panels on his Prairie Village home if he could. He’d like to benefit from the savings on his energy bill and have more security when his electric utility suffers power outages.  But his homeowners association restricts his and neighbors’ ability to install solar power.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA rules change plans for Paulie’s Penguin Playground new location (KS) November 22, 2023
    The Paulie’s Penguin Playground Christmas display will not be in someone’s front yard this year, but the long-time holiday tradition will be in Johnson County for one weekend in December.   Read the article……………………………
  • Solar panels at center of growing issue between HOAs, homeowners (KS) November 11, 2023
    Another example of a growing issue between homeowners’ associations and property owners involving solar panels pops up in a northwest Wichita neighborhood. Similar to a situation this summer in the southwest part of town, an HOA said “no” to a homeowner wanting the panels on his home. This will likely become an even bigger issue as solar becomes more popular and affordable. It’s an issue ending up in courts and state legislators across the U.S.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Kansas condo board says it’s being forced to pay twice for gas used during 2021 winter storm September 19, 2023
    The group’s complaint says it paid for the exorbitant cost of natural gas after a February 2021 winter storm. Then it switched providers and is being forced to pay again.    Read the article………………………..
  • Wichita couple’s solar panels could result in lien on property (KS) August 10, 2023
    An effort by a southwest Wichita couple to tap into renewable energy for their home could result in a lien on their property. For the past year, fines from their homeowners’ association have piled up and leaves the couple without options.   Read the article………………………..
  • Linn County sheriff investigating damage to gates at lakeside HOA community (KS) May 24, 2023
    A dispute over HOA policies escalated to a group of people cutting out gates at a private lakeside village, according to residents.  Read the article………………………..
  • One dead in a morning fire at a southeast Wichita condo (KS) March 28, 2023
    One person is dead in a fire at a southeast Wichita condo complex.   Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowners asking for change in developer-controlled HOAs (KS) February 18, 2023
    Residents of one Charlotte neighborhood are concerned about their developer-controlled HOA    Watch the news report………………………..
  • A batty problem: Riverview Condominiums resident considering legal action after allegedly being bitten Sunday (KS) October 10, 2022
    Alexa Houston tells KVOE News she has been at Riverview in the 600 block of Valley Drive since late summer 2021 and things “went great” until a bat flew into her apartment a month ago because of some holes in the siding. She says she was assured the issues would be fixed, both in her building and in at least one other building at the complex. According to her, they haven’t. Instead, three more bats came into her apartment over ...
  • Olathe homeowners appeal HOA decision barring flying American flag (KS) September 28, 2022
    An Olathe, Kansas couple’s love of America and the Kansas City Chiefs has them facing unknown fines from their HOA.  They’ve been told they can’t fly either flag in their backyard. Since the flag flap started the Clarks have learned though Chiefs and other flags are banned by the HOA, American flags are not.   Read the article………………………..
  • CAIR-Kansas Calls for Removal of Racist Covenants from Property Deeds April 30, 2022
    The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-KS) has called upon Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly to issue an executive order for the removal of the vestigial racist covenants contained in property records across the state. The unenforceable covenants contain insulting, degrading and discriminatory language from a bygone era that are hurtful to many homeowners. The organization has taken issue particularly with the small eastern Kansas town of Roeland Park where such discriminatory language still resides in its ...
  • Homeowners association, Overland Park set to address short-term rentals following deadly shooting (KS) March 22, 2022
    There’s a push in Overland Park to change rules surrounding short-term rentals like Airbnb after a deadly shooting.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Lawsuit challenges proposed sober living home in Overland Park’s Shannon Valley neighborhood (KS) March 11, 2022
    The suit, filed late last month by a couple that lives near the proposed Concord House, claims the city denied them due process by not properly reviewing plans for the Concord House. The city and homeowners’ association argue that federal law precludes them from denying housing to those seeking recovery for addiction. Above, the front door to the home proposed as the sober living and recovery facility.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Linn County, Kansas resident’s locked outside gates after battle with HOA February 15, 2022
    A group of homeowners living in Linn County, Kansas say their Homeowners Association is preventing people from accessing their homes.  The community, called Tanglewood Lakes is a private community, 60 miles south of Kansas City. It consists of three lakes and an estimated 2,200 property owners.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • CAIR-Kansas Calls for Removal of Racist Language from Land Deeds January 30, 2022
    THE KANSAS chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) is calling upon the state’s Democratic Governor, Laura Kelly, to issue an executive order mandating the removal of insulting, degrading and racist language from property records across the state. The organization has taken particular issue with the small eastern Kansas town of Roeland Park, which has repugnant discriminatory language in its property records.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Overland Park neighborhood opposed to home part of substance abuse rehab program (KS) January 22, 2022
    People in one Johnson County, Kansas neighborhood are opposed to the men moving in down the street.  They’re part of a substance abuse rehab program, one that intends to use a home in Overland Park’s Shannon Valley subdivision to bring addicts back to society. Neighbors complain their presence threatens to make their streets dangerous.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Roeland Park reviews options to remove racist language from property records (KS) December 29, 2021
    Roeland Park city leaders are searching for ways to remove discriminatory language from property-related documents on homes throughout the city.  City Attorney Steve Maurer said initial research done on properties within the city showed racially discriminatory language was found in three types of land related documents: plats, deeds and covenants and restriction agreements created by homeowner associations.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • KCK homeowner fed up with vacant condo that shares a wall with hers (KS) October 14, 2021
    Sheets of plywood cover the windows and doors on the end unit of a condominium fourplex in a neighborhood just west of the Legends in Kansas City, Kansas.  Martha Ward’s condo shares a wall with the vacant unit.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Johnson County HOA under fire for ignoring residents maintenance issues (KS) May 19, 2021
    Multiple residents in one Johnson County neighborhood are having issues with damage they say is the responsibility of the homeowners association to fix. The debate is not in court.  “This is our support beam right here,” said condo owner Rhonda Zella as she shows the rotting beam across her kitchen ceiling.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Feds allege Mission HOA discriminated against resident with walker who wanted to modify townhome’s sidewalk (KS) May 14, 2021
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the Apollo Gardens Homeowners Association in Mission refused to allow a resident to alter the sidewalk outside her townhome to accommodate her walker, then voted to remove the resident from the HOA board. The case will be heard by an administrative law judge.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Homeowners associations join together against Overland Park’s chip seal pavement plans (KS) May 6, 2021
    In February, FOX4 told you about a controversy in Overland Park over the use of chip seal to pave the city’s streets.  The Overland Park City Council approved to move forward with the project, and now 24 home owners associations are banding together to fight it.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • City paves the way for HOA park project (KS) March 23, 2021
    Times, and plans, change. In regards to a certain tract of land in Derby’s Stone Creek Addition, both brought a potential property ownership change before the Planning Commission at its March 18 meeting.  Originally dedicated to the city for use as a public park, Reserve S (northeast of the new elementary school at the corner of Winding Lane and Ramblewood) in Stone Creek Addition has remained undeveloped since its original platting in 1999.    Read the article…………………………………….
  • College Hill closes to trick-or-treaters, Halloween displays still a go (KS) October 15, 2020
    Wichita’s College Hill neighborhood will not be a hotspot for trick-or-treaters to gather this year. The neighborhood association sent a letter out to residents asking that they turn off their lights on Halloween and not pass out candy. The association said it made a difficult decision due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    Read the article………………………………
  • Roeland Park approves NDO amendment making racially discriminatory home owners association language, practices illegal (KS) March 4, 2020
    The Roeland Park city council on Monday evening approved an amendment to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance that outlaws discriminatroy language from Home Owners Association covenants.   Read the article……………………………
  • Realtor selected as city’s new HOA liaison (KS) December 19, 2019
    The city now has a liaison with Derby’s two dozen-plus homeowners’ associations, or HOAs.  Longtime resident and realtor Judy Morris was selected to serve in the newly created, professional part-time position.  She started last month and said she’s busy laying the groundwork for making the connection for both parties.   Read the article………………………..
  • Right Now: HOA Headaches (KS) April 22, 2019
    When you live in a community with a homeowner’s association, sometimes they can have strict rules that can interfere with the personality you want to add to your home.  A woman named Wanetta called Charlotte CBS station WBTV after she says her homeowner’s association yanked out her 10-year-old rose bush. It’s just one case from across the U.S. where homeowners butt heads with their HOA’s.   Watch the news report………………………….
  • How a homeowner association dispute racked up $1M in legal fees March 23, 2019
    A satellite dish. A St. Francis statue in the garden. An incorrectly parked car.  It started small, but disputes over a Kansas man’s alleged violations of his homeowner association’s rules has led to a complex legal battle that is now the most expensive of its kind.    Read the article……………………..
  • On Your Side Investigates: Stinky Neighborhood (KS) January 10, 2019
    A terrible smell coming from a local creek in West Wichita has neighbors in a bind over solutions.  The neighborhood is a little slice of heaven, right in the middle of Wichita…….”Over the years the homeowners association disbanded and the infrastructure they were responsible for maintaining hasn’t been taken care of,” explains Don Henry, Assistant Director of Public Works & Utilities, with the City of Wichita.    But since it’s private property, it’s technically not the City’s responsibility.     Read ...
  • Western Wyandotte County neighborhood hopes crosswalk forces drivers off gas (KS) November 20, 2018
    A neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas is working to get drivers to slow down in a new way.  At first glance, drivers coming up on a crosswalk in western Wyandotte County might think there’s something in the road and slow down.  And that’s the point.   Read the article……………
  • After discovering letter of intent from late 1980s, Mission approves moving Lincolnshire subdivision into public road system (KS) August 20, 2018
    Mission has accepted the Lincolnshire subdivision, which was previously responsible for the maintenance of its own streets, into the city’s public street system.  The city had been treating the streets as private, which puts the responsibility of maintenance in the hands of the homeowners association. But last year, Mission staff discovered old documentation indicating the city’s intent in 1988-89 to take over maintenance and upkeep of the streets, said Laura Smith, city administrator.    Read the article………………
  • Wichita neighborhood with one entrance gets blocked by train (KS) April 3, 2018
    “My big concern is if we had another way to get in and out, so we can make sure we get to important things We can make sure we can get there on time and not miss them,” said Melissa Morrow, who lives in the Blue Lake neighborhood.  Homeowner association president, Dale Kelley, says the issue could get worse with the addition of a new development in the neighborhood.  “We’re a one way in and one-way-out community, so that means ...
  • His HOA refused to open its books for him. Now he’s sharing his story to help others (KS) March 18, 2018
    Scott Wircenske’s eight-year battle with his HOA started with a simple request.  The Parkhill Manor Homes Association had just awarded a property management contract to one of its own board members, and the Olathe homeowner wanted to know whether the job had been put out for a bid.  “This man had been on the board in 2008 and then all of a sudden in 2009 he becomes the property manager, and he’s also a homeowner,” Wircenske said. “It smelled really ...
  • Olathe man wins years-long landscaping battle with HOA. But it’s costly for both sides (KS) January 31, 2018
    An Olathe homeowner can keep his landscaping project that his HOA deemed “over the top,” a judge ruled Wednesday in a years-long battle that has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.  Johnson County District Judge Rhonda K. Mason said the Avignon HOA treated homeowner Jim Hildenbrand unfairly when it denied his application for the project.   Read the article………………….
  • HOA’s $40,000 plan for new fence is misuse of funds, some residents says (KS) January 19, 2018
    A neighborhood in Overland Park is divided after its HOA made plans to pay $40,000 to replace a fence.  “I mean, you can see the wood is… you can see it’s old and rotted,” said Doug Sale, who lives in a home that backs up to the fence.  Sale has lived in Shannon Valley for seven years and as far as he’s known, the fence along the back of his property belongs to the Shannon Valley Homeowners’ Association.    Read the ...
  • After years of train horns, Shawnee neighborhood raises money for peace and quiet (KS) January 15, 2018
    89 times a day, trains roll by Nick Renk’s front yard.  “If the train’s heavy then the windows will shake a little bit,” Renk said. “It’s just a loud, loud horn.”   For years, 73rd and Martindale in Shawnee has dealt with the nearly constant noise.  When Renk moved into his home five years ago, he had no idea how loud they were.  “’What did I just buy?’ was my first thought as I slept in the house,” he said.  He ...
  • Finding the good in home owner associations November 21, 2017
    Just when my wife was in desperate need of a hospital emergency room, a huge red oak fell and blocked our driveway. Less than 30 minutes later, three neighbors showed up with two chain saws. In 15 minutes they cleared the blockage. I took my wife to the hospital.  Our home association didn’t send those rescuers. But because of that association, the members had many times before worked together. They knew each other, and they knew us. I realize there ...
  • Mother and daughter forced to vacate home due to mold at next door condo (KS) November 16, 2017
    Their house isn’t a home.  In fact, homeowner Aimee Patton says the condo she shares with her 11-year-old daughter, Amelia, is making the two of them very sick. The Pattons say it’s a mold outbreak at the vacant condominium next door that’s caused their illnesses.  You can’t stay inside their condo, which sits near Nall Avenue, for long. Patton proved that with the documented results of a mold test on her home. Those two severe summertime storms that drenched parts ...
  • Andover residents raise concern over neighborhood algae (KS) September 16, 2017
    Troy Tabor, a member of the Crescent Lakes homeowner’s association said the neighborhood has had issues with blue-green algae before, but that is not the case with this latest algae bloom.  “We do not have blue-green algae,” Tabor said. “We have before, but that was taken care of right away. But that’s not what this is at all. This is common algae.”  Tabor said the homeowner’s association is working on the algae bloom by adding in chemicals. He also stresses ...
  • Couple refuses to remove yard lamp, so their neighborhood is suing them (KS) September 5, 2017
    A battle is waging in the front yard of a home in one east Wichita neighborhood.  At the center of it? Dan and Alice Smith’s outdoor lamp.  They say the 12-foot-tall cast iron light is a vintage, high quality piece that Dan Smith restored himself. But their homeowner’s association is calling it a “commercial-sized, mock-antique gas lamp” that diminishes property values. The association has filed a lawsuit, demanding the lamp be removed.     Read the article……………
  • This deacon’s relative has cancer. The HOA says he can’t park his car in the driveway. (KS) August 28, 2017
    The four-bedroom, reverse one-and-a-half story house in Olathe seemed like the perfect setup for Stuart and Marsha Holland.  Marsha’s father had just undergone his fourth cancer surgery, and the couple decided it was time to move her parents from Florida to Kansas so they could more closely monitor their care.  “They could live on the main level, and we’d live on the lower level,” Stuart Holland said. “And we’d heard some great things about the neighborhood.”     Read the article…………….
  • Zoning lawsuit could be coming to close (KS) April 13, 2016
    Bill Lusk, who owns the land that was re-zoned for the apartments, was asked to submit control over the HOA to the homeowners themselves, forgiving an estimated $1.5 million of debt accrued by the HOA mostly due to development costs.  Read the article………..
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