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/ Owner - July 1, 2012
  • Duck drama in Hoover neighborhood (AL) June 29, 2024
    An HOA decision in a Hoover subdivision has ruffled some feathers. The board allegedly had a flock of ducks removed from the community lake. There used to be about eight ducks living on Moon Glow Lake, only two a few left now. Neighbors say someone came Thursday before dawn and rounded up most of them, and took them away.    Read the article…………………………….
  • State Court used “Squatters’ Rights” in awarding sliver of land (AL) June 12, 2024
    Hidden between Phoenix East and Phoenix VIII is a slender building named Perdido Dunes. For many years Perdido Dunes has been using a two-and-a-half-foot strip of land owned by Phoenix Rentals. The long beachfront battle between Orange Beach condominiums has been settled, with the Alabama Supreme Court confirming a new tower is entitled to squatter’s rights.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Alabama woman killed when tree crashes into condo during thunderstorm May 28, 2024
    A central Alabama woman was killed early Monday when a tree crashed into her condominium during a thunderstorm, authorities said.  The 79-year-old woman, whose name has not yet been released, was alone in her residence at the Mountain Brook Court Condominiums on Montevallo Road when the large tree fell onto her home at about 6:30 a.m. CDT, AL.com reported.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Wind Drift Condominiums lifts notice to evacuate (AL) April 6, 2024
    The Wind Drift Condominiums has lifted their notice to evacuate after performing temporary structural repairs, according to a statement from the complex.  The condominiums had structural deficiencies that were noticed on April 3, causing an evacuation.  After performing the temporary repairs, the structural engineer of record said the repairs were satisfactory. (end of news article)
  • Unpermitted construction triggers evacuation of Orange Beach condo units (AL) April 5, 2024
    Nearly 50 units at a condominium in Orange Beach were evacuated Wednesday.  Orange Beach city crews and the fire marshal determined that the east tower of the Wind Drift condos on Perdido Beach Blvd. is unsafe.  The city says occupants can not reenter their units until further notice.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Breaking News: Federal Court Ruled Corporate Transparency Act Unconstitutional – Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting on Hold March 3, 2024
    In a surprise decision Friday night, a federal district court ruled that the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) is unconstitutional, effectively placing the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting on hold. By way of background, the CTA was enacted on January 1, 2021 as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act as an attempt to prevent money laundering and tax evasion by requiring new reporting for certain companies doing business in the U.S.     Read the article…………………………….
  • DI resident concerned over ‘illegal’ traffic island (AL) January 30, 2024
    Eight years ago, however, Reeves said the HOA illegally placed trees and a boulder in the middle of his turnabout, otherwise known as a traffic island. He claims the HOA shortened the width of the roads and has also placed rebar into the ground which can tear into tires of vehicles trying to make the tighter turns among other preventative measures.
  • Craft Farms Property Owners Association manager charged with theft of property first degree (AL) November 4, 2023
    Fifty-four-year-old female arrested for embezzling thousands of dollars.  According to Gulf Shores Police, on March 24, 2023, the department received a report of embezzlement and misuse of funds involving the Craft Farms Property Owners Association.    Read the article………………………………
  • ‘It stinks’: Moody homeowners upset after neighborhood pond packed with dead fish (AL) October 13, 2023
    A pond in the Avalon neighborhood in Moody is dried out and filled with hundreds of dead fish. It’s causing problems for dozens of homeowners who say it smells, even in their homes, and they’re fed up.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Fred the tortoise to celebrate Ross Bridge eviction reprieve Sunday with community party August 9, 2023
    There will be smiles of joy instead of tearful goodbyes when the owner of the Fred the tortoise, who was threatened with eviction from Ross Bridge, holds a party for the reptile and concerned community members on Sunday.    Read the article………………………..
  • Smiths Station woman accused of using $11,000 in Home Owners Association funds for personal use (AL) August 8, 2023
    A Smiths Station woman is facing theft charges after authorities say she may have used thousands of dollars in Home Owners Association (HOA) funds for her own use.  The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a theft report from the Shadow Wood subdivision HOA in Smiths Station on July 31.    Read the article………………………..
  • People displaced from homes after heavy rain causes flooding in Pell City (AL) July 6, 2023
    The city manager says the city is working to figure out how the damage occurred but believe the responsibility to fix the easement will fall on the homeowners association.  Read the article………………………..
  • Ross Bridge family fights to save beloved pet from eviction (AL) June 30, 2023
    A young man in Ross Bridge is fighting to save his beloved pet after he says the homeowner’s association told him it was not allowed.  “Fred” lives in an enclosed backyard in the neighborhood. He weighs about 130 pounds and is kind of a cross between a pet and a landscaper.   Read the article………………………..
  • Mobile Police investigating woman found dead in fire at condo (AL) June 7, 2023
    Neighbors reported that a resident might still be trapped inside. All other condo units were successfully evacuated prior to fire department arrival on scene.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hoover council OKs $3 million road and dam repair, annexation of Riverchase Country Club (AL) February 11, 2023
    While the dam and property beneath the road are on private property, the Riverchase Country Club cannot afford to pay to fix the problem, City Administrator Allan Rice said. Thus, the section of the road that goes across the dam has remained closed for more than a year.   Read the article………………………..
  • Subdivision homeowners still waiting on street damage to be fixed five years later (AL) February 3, 2023
    Springville Public Works Department Director Earl Peeples said since the developer of the subdivision went bankrupt, these roads were never technically turned over to the city. Instead, they’re owned by the homeowners association which never formally organized.   Read the article………………………..
  • ADPH investigating Legionella outbreak in Baldwin County condo complex; no serious illness reported (AL) December 16, 2022
    The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating cases of Legionella disease linked to a condominium complex in Baldwin County.  State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said the ADPH is not aware of any serious illnesses from the outbreak. Legionella is not spread person-to-person. People are infected by breathing a mist or vapor containing the bacteria.   Read the article………………………..
  • IRS audits Lake Forest POA (AL) November 22, 2022
    It’s been a tumultuous time in Lake Forest with a faction of homeowners publicly questioning the property owners’ association board and alleging improper financial dealings.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lake Forest residents petition city to add speed bumps due to safety concerns (AL) November 18, 2022
    Traffic safety concerns are growing in the Lake Forest subdivision as residents are asking the Property Owner’s Association to get the city to crack down on speeding in their neighborhood.  Read the article………………………..
  • Moody Council addresses Springview maintenance responsibilities (AL) September 13, 2022
    Members of the Springview Homeowners Association spoke during a meeting of the Moody City Council on Monday, Sept. 12, where they addressed questions about maintenance responsibilities of streets and sidewalks.    Read the article………………………..
  • ‘I think this is a little excessive’: HOA asks Huntsville family to remove American flag display (AL) September 6, 2022
    “Just to ride home, see a flag out front that represents what you stood for both as a public servant and in the military as well,” said Anthony.  They’re now being asked to take down the patriotic symbol. According to the Lake Forest HOA, they have a section written in their “Covenants and Restrictions” that states no flag poles other than ones mounted on a house and shorter than 4 feet can be placed in the community without prior written ...
  • Shelby County woman sentenced for stealing from HOAs, employer (AL) August 24, 2022
    A Shelby County woman was sentenced for embezzling from her employer and the homeowners’ associations they managed, according to U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.  United States District Judge Karon O. Bowdre sentenced Aimee Louise Statham, 47, of Chelsea, to 40 months in prison for wire fraud. Statham pleaded guilty to the charge in April.   Read the article………………………..
  • Community group sends thousands of complaints to IRS, Alabama AG about Lake Forest HOA July 29, 2022
    You may remember a few months back, NBC 15 reported live from a community gathering in the Lake Forest subdivision in Baldwin County. the largest subdivision in the state of Alabama. A group of residents called “Lake Forest Strong” brought forth their complaints about the property owners association board of directors, and what the group claims are unscrupulous dealings.  Read the article………………………..
  • Daphne residents unhappy with homeowners association (AL) May 27, 2022
    There are some very big issues festering in Alabama’s biggest subdivision.  Around 3,500 families make up Lake Forest in Daphne. They all pay homeowner’s dues that add up to nearly $3 million a year.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Volunteers work to revitalize Isle Dauphine Golf Club (AL) May 3, 2022
    It’s hard to beat the views Domenic Carlucci takes in everyday as he tends to Isle Dauphine Golf Club on Dauphin Island. He’s part of a group of retired volunteers with the Dauphin Island Property Owners Association that have been maintaining the sandy links since last May. The DIPOA owns the course.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Natural drainage area creates flooding concerns for Shelby County neighborhoods (AL) April 21, 2022
    An elderly Shelby County is concerned about drainage and water issues. It’s something they never suspected when they bought their home a few years ago. Now they question why the city of Alabaster won’t do more to offer relief for their property and the neighborhood.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Daphne homeowners win in court, DR Horton to pay damages (AL) March 30, 2022
    After two years of digging and a recent court battle, a local property association is claiming victory over lenders, investors, and home builder DR Horton.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Shelby County woman accused of stealing from HOAs, employer (AL) March 4, 2022
    Federal prosecutors charged a Shelby County woman for wire fraud for embezzling from her employer and the homeowners’ associations they managed, according to U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Neighborhood residents concerned with dangerous exit (AL) February 12, 2022
    A neighborhood in Huntsville is sounding the alarm in the name of safety. Woodmill Trace is located on Christopher Drive, just down the road from the intersection of U.S. Highway 72. The intersection of Christopher Dr. and Highway 72 is the only exit out of the neighborhood.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Huntsville Police officers will soon access more security cameras around the city (AL) February 8, 2022
    HPD Investigator Mike Eichhorn says they’re mostly on Homeowners Association buildings and private businesses. He says every Flock camera in Huntsville will be privately owned, HPD will not be buying any additional cameras.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Jefferson County HOA sues management company and bank (AL) February 3, 2022
    A Jefferson County Homeowners Association is suing its management company, and the bank that held its money.  A lawsuit filed by the Black Creek Station Subdivision alleges that Rouland Management Services (RMS), it’s owner, and an employee, mismanaged and even stole HOA dollars that were entrusted to it.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • WVTM 13 Investigates: Rouland Management accused of mismanaging HOA money (AL) December 16, 2021
    Four neighborhoods in Shelby and Jefferson Counties have filed suit against Rouland Management, a local subdivision management company, after residents say the company misplaced at least $200,000 of their funds.   Watch the news report……………………………
  • Fairhope veteran training new service dog amid legal battle with HOA (AL) December 9, 2021
    The legal battle between a Baldwin County veteran and his homeowner’s association continues as he claims the Fairhope Motorcoach Resort seeks to prevent him from having a service dog in the neighborhood.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • License plate reader use expanding in local neighborhoods leading to privacy concerns (AL) December 2, 2021
    Police say new camera systems give them the edge alerting them of things like stolen vehicles entering their city, vehicles wanted in Amber Alerts, or even to search for a particular car description. But there are some privacy concerns.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Heavy rain to blame for sinkholes in Baldwin County neighborhood (AL) September 17, 2021
    A large hole creating a problem for residents in the Donovan Landing subdivision in Seminole this week. Flash flooding in Baldwin County Wednesday proving how powerful rushing water can be in areas already inundated with rain.  “It was 7 inches over a few hours time,” said Ronald Griffin, vice president of the Donovan Landing homeowner’s association in Seminole.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Know your rights when dealing with homeowners associations (AL) September 9, 2021
    Highland Lakes residents tell us their once pristine lake is now brown with little life. “We used to have ducks and geese. Now they don’t come around at all. The fish are all dead,” explains Rex Dotts.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Crews dig out Gulf Shores condo pool buried by Ida (AL) September 1, 2021
    The Edgewater Condos in Gulf Shores could add a toy sandbox to the resort amenities after their outdoor poll was buried under sand from Hurricane Ida.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Homeowners complain HOA won’t cut weeds that cause bug and snake problems (AL) August 23, 2021
    When you live in Alabama snakes and bugs are just a fact of life. But in one Chelsea community, property owners say the situation is so bad it’s become a health hazard. They contacted the I-Team’s Cynthia Gould after they say they couldn’t get help from their homeowners association.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Mobile HOA board responds to protest over hefty due increase (AL) July 28, 2021
    “I don’t blame them. They should be mad,” said attorney Patrick Collins, who represents the Briargrove Homeowner’s Association Board.  Collins says the board has been actively fighting in court with the developer since 2017 to turn over ownership of a detention pond, he argues, wasn’t maintained properly.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Briargrove Neighborhood residents protest large increase in HOA fees (AL) July 25, 2021
    Residents of Briargrove Neighborhood said they’ve received very little information about why their homeowners’ association dues are now roughly five times what they were asked to pay last year and they voiced their concerns during a protest Saturday.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Cracks, separated staircases, moving walls: Similarities with Surfside disaster in Orange Beach condo lawsuit (AL) July 12, 2021
    The issues of cracked walls and foundation at Palm Beach Resort – similar to the Champlain Towers South — are laid out in a Baldwin County civil lawsuit, filed last August. The lawsuit has taken on a newfound sense of attention as beachfront cities ponder additional condo inspection protocols in the aftermath of a disaster that has killed 86 people as of Friday, with 43 still unaccounted. For perspective, Hurricane Andrew – the disastrous Category 5 storm in 1992 – ...
  • Alabama beach visitors’ condo reservations canceled days, hours before check-in July 11, 2021
    Sanspree said it’s a reoccurring problem as insurance contractors continue to inspect condos impacted by Hurricane Sally in September of 2020.  He says most condos meet their reopen date, but some don’t.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Judge orders Bay Minette homeowner to remove flagpole after violating HOA covenants (AL) July 10, 2021
    A flagpole is no longer standing in Brandon Scott’s front yard in Bay Minette. The centerpiece of his lawn is now vacant. The Canterbury Homeowner’s Association took him to court over covenant violations they say he broke when the flagpole and a statue were placed on his property.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • A volunteer board with no government oversight: What could go wrong? July 3, 2021
    A few years ago, as our son and his wife were considering how and where to build their home, he laid down this condition: “We’re not building a house anywhere that has a homeowners association.”  When he made that assertion around our kitchen table, I was a little surprised. Today, in light of the Surfside collapse of the condominium in south Florida, I understand and appreciate how wise he was.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Trussville homeowners complain construction runoff flooding and damaging their property (AL) June 19, 2021
    Despite high prices, there is a building boom in new construction. But some neighbors say it’s coming at a high price for them with erosion, storm water runoff and flooding.   Read the entire article……………………………….     Update
  • HOA and Fairhope Veteran to go to court over service dog (AL) May 26, 2021
    A local veteran is suing his homeowner’s association after the HOA claimed he is not following the neighborhood rules when it comes to pets. The veteran who lives in Fairhope has a service dog. The issue is now going to court.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Business licenses now necessary for short-term rentals (AL) May 6, 2021
    Owners of short-term rentals, like those posted on sites like Airbnb, will now have to get a business license to continue operating in Auburn.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Residents show interest in license-plate recognition (AL) April 29, 2021
    Auburn neighborhoods were well-represented at a recent virtual meet-and-greet with the city’s neighborhood specialist and an officer from the Auburn Police Division.  Neighborhood residents were able to introduce themselves to Neighborhood Specialist Allison Blankenship, who wanted to foster better relationships with HOA representatives and neighborhoods in general, while seeking feedback on the best ways to get information into residents’ hands.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Hoover neighborhood association pens letter of thanks to community after storms (AL) March 28, 2021
    The Greystone Farms Homeowners Association wrote a letter on behalf of residents, after homes in the Hoover neighborhood were torn apart in Thursday’s severe storms.  Below, the HOA Board acknowledges the various entities that came to their aid in the wake of the devastation.   Read the article………………………………..
  • PD launches program to access community surveillance video (AL) March 17, 2021
    With your permission, the Spanish Fort Police Department could have remote access to your surveillance footage to help fight crime more quickly.   Read the article……………………………………
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