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/ Owner - July 1, 2012
  • Bridge collapse leaves residents isolated, emergency access hindered (MO) July 9, 2024
    Neither the fire department, nor Franklin County government can do anything about the needed repairs. That’s because it’s not a public road, rather it’s the responsibility of the homeowners through their homeowner’s association.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Fix it‘: St. Charles family seeks change after autistic man drowns in neighborhood pond (MO) June 23, 2024
    The loved ones of Darran Hutson continue to mourn the loss of the 44-year-old with special needs after he drowned in a pond in the Walnut Creek Subdivision in June.  “A lot of autistic people just don’t get understood, and one of the things we knew is that Darran loved water,” his brother Dion Fields said. “For them to have scuba diver people to get Darran’s body out of there. It’s a problem.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • City rejects request to take over private streets (MO) June 8, 2024
    The Washington City Council has rejected a request to take over maintenance of private streets in the Turtle Creek subdivision.  City Administrator Darren Lamb sent a letter May 14 to the Turtle Creek Homeowners Association stating the city was turning down the request for several reasons including lack of right-of-way and lack of compliance with city zoning if right-of-way could be obtained. The streets in the subdivision were approved by the city on the premise that they were to be ...
  • Condo owners in Brentwood complain about skyrocketing H.O.A. fees (MO) June 6, 2024
    Mary Ann Moore is a member of the Brentwood Forest Condos board.  “I can understand why they’re a little shocked by that,” she said.  Moore said that the condo complex has been hit with a combination of increased costs that have created a perfect storm. She said the December assessment paid for engineering work and repairs to the foundation of a building. Moore said the problems were discovered late in the year and couldn’t have been budgeted for.     Read ...
  • Missouri bill aims to legalize backyard chicken ownership May 17, 2024
    Chicken enthusiasts in Missouri may have something to crow about soon.  Many Missourians have sought to raise backyard chickens in recent years, citing higher egg prices and health-related concerns.  Now, a bill that’s passed the Missouri House in Jefferson City aims to legalize backyard chicken ownership, regardless of what a homeowner’s association agreement might say. That’s provide local municipal rules approve of the chickens.   Read the article…………………………….
  • After paying into condo association, O’Fallon residents want answers after getting storm damage bill (MO) May 1, 2024
    Within homeowners and condominium associations, residents often find themselves embroiled in disputes over accountability, transparency, and financial responsibility. The I-Team has uncovered that many of these types of associations are struggling to manage soaring insurance premiums and having trouble meeting their obligations    Read the article…………………………….
  • Family of Ralph Yarl files civil suit against Andrew Lester, homeowners association (MO) April 29, 2024
    The family of Ralph Yarl filed a civil lawsuit early Monday against Andrew Lester and the homeowner’s association in connection to the shooting in April 2023 that left Yarl severely injured.  In addition to criminal charges filed last year against Lester, Monday’s lawsuit states the 80-year-old and the Highland Acres Homes Association were careless and negligent in their actions leading to the April 13 shooting.   Read the article…………………………….
  • A battle over playing catch in a Ballwin backyard reaches a fevered pitch (MO) April 14, 2024
    But the plan of the trustees is clear. They’ve written a proposal to go before the homeowners’ association for a vote. It would allow the three trustees to declare a home a “nuisance” and issue an undetermined amount of fines that could be collected by placing a lien on the home. The wording is so broad that nearly anything could be declared a nuisance by the trustees.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Fact Finders: What’s the legality of neighborhood security cameras? (MO) April 4, 2024
    Neighborhoods from Baltimore to Oklahoma City to Oakland are making news this year for installing security cameras that can read license plate numbers. And now we’re getting a question from a local viewer. Mary Ann wants to know: Is it legal for a neighborhood association to install speed limit signage with cameras that record vehicles and license plates?   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA asks city to take over street maintenance (MO) March 20, 2024
    Leaders of a Washington homeowners association called on the city to take over maintenance of private streets in their neighborhood and raised questions about how the current arrangement, under which the HOA is responsible for maintenance, came to be in the first place.   Read the article…………………………….
  • With Green Bridge closed, HOA worries about emergency response times, home values (MO) March 15, 2024
    The recent closure of a century-old bridge in rural Christian County is causing concern among homeowners along Smyrna Road. They say the diagonal route, now severed, is a vital connection between the rural Rogersville and Ozark areas.   Read the article…………………………….
  • St. Louis Mom Battles HOA ‘Grinches’ to create Christmas wonderland for her son (MO) December 23, 2023
    A St. Louis mom aimed to bring a little Christmas cheer to her subdivision and her son. This year, she decorated her front yard and surrounding property with over 100 inflatables and decorations ranging from gnomes, Santas, reindeer, and Disney characters.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Amid short-term rental debates, some HOAs consider limits or bans (MO) December 17, 2023
    Despite some predictions earlier this year of an “Airbnbust,” bookings and profits are growing for the vacation rental company.  With the continued popularity of websites such as Airbnb and VRBO, local governments are developing new laws to regulate short-term rentals. But within cities and towns, a similar task faces another government-like entity: the homeowners association.   Read the article…………………………
  • Another solar panel fight in west St. Louis County heads to court (MO) December 13, 2023
    Kean is friends with the trustees on the board — he used to be one — so he asked why he was denied. It wasn’t so much about his proposal, the president of the board allegedly told him, but that the trustees were afraid an approval would set off the “wild west of requests, and such requests would be a pain for trustees to manage.”    Read the article…………………………….
  • Judge strips control of downtown St. Louis building from Lux Living owners (MO) December 7, 2023
    An Alston company owns the majority of Ely Walker condo units, giving him the votes to fill the condo board with employees of his companies. Several independent condo owners sued the Alston-controlled board in 2016 and again in 2021, litigation that is still ongoing. On Nov. 21, the condo owners filed a motion in one of their lawsuits to appoint a receiver for the building.    Read the article……………………………….
  • For these KC condo owners, the cost of living on the Plaza just rose — by $178,000 (MO) November 9, 2023
    According to real estate records, each of the condo owners inside Alameda Towers Condominiums — a 20-story building that overlooks the Country Club Plaza that is home to some of Kansas City’s most well-known wealthy families — were notified recently that they would have to pony up $178,000 each for a $10 million condominium repair project.    Read the article………………………….
  • ‘They were basically thrown out’ | Residents at Brentwood condo complex vacated with sudden notice (MO) October 20, 2023
    The letter came from the community manager, on behalf of Brentwood Forest Condominium Association and Community Property Management, which took over the property this year.  The letter said there were plumbing issues at the building a couple of weeks ago and there were cracks in the back foundation wall of the building.     Read the article………………………………..
  • Real Property: Restrictive Covenant-Child Care Business (MO) October 14, 2023
    Where homeowners challenged a grant of summary judgment in favor of their homeowners association based on a finding that the homeowners violated restrictions by providing child care services from their single-family home, the restrictive covenant did not explicitly prohibit business or commercial use, so the judgment is reversed   Read the article…………………………….
  • Power outage leads to major sewage leak at Lake Waukomis (MO) October 5, 2023
    There’s something in the water, and it’s forced Lake Waukomis to close for nearly a week.  A power outage late Thursday night ultimately ended with sewage leaking into the lake……..FOX4 spoke with the city’s homeowner’s association, which say it will advocate for safeguards to make sure this never happens again.    Read the article………………………….
  • Lux Living owners dropped insurance on downtown St. Louis condo building, suit says (MO) September 20, 2023
    Residents of the downtown Ely Walker Building are accusing the landlords that control it of allowing insurance coverage to lapse on the troubled 174-unit structure.    Read the article………………………..
  • County makes progress to replace ‘bad’ bridge near Arnold (MO) August 12, 2023
    While subdivision streets must meet certain standards before the county will take them over, Jonas, who proposed the program and coordinates it, has said he wants to bring as many bridges as possible under county control because most subdivision homeowners associations lack the financial wherewithal to maintain, replace or repair failing bridges.   Read the article………………………..
  • KC woman speaks out on bat issue at condo (MO) May 27, 2023
    A Kansas City woman is speaking out about a problem that she says is driving her “bat crazy.”  She’s been forced out of her home multiple times to flee bats – a problem she says the HOA is responsible for.  “I’m petrified, I’m nervous. I have panic attacks,” said Kimberly Britton. “I’m afraid to go to sleep.”  Since purchasing her condo at Talisman Condominiums, Kimberly Britton said she’s had three bats enter her home – two in the last week.  ...
  • Homeowners’ Association-Trash Enclosure-Assessments (MO) May 11, 2023
    Dash v. Taylor (MLW No. 79870/Case No. ED110838 – 10 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Sullivan, J.) Appealed from circuit court, St. Louis County, Walsh III, J. (Timothy J. Phillips for appellant) (Jay L. Kanzler Jr. for respondent).
  • Bill brings homeowners’ associations in Missouri under fire April 19, 2023
    A bill in the Missouri House could allow homeowners from across the state to be freed from the constraints put on them by homeowners’ associations.  “If I could afford a helicopter pad for the property I just bought and I couldn’t build it, I’d be suing everybody,” Rep. Donna Baringer, D-St. Louis, said during a hearing on House Bill 1089, referring to building restrictions imposed on people by homeowners’ associations (HOAs).   Read the article………………………..
  • Brentwood man jumps out a window to save his life during condo fire (MO) April 15, 2023
    A fire damaged a set of condos early Friday morning, but a man’s story made the incident remarkable.  There were two condos affected by the fire, and neither had working batteries in their smoke detectors, Cottrell said.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘We have something special here in Tomoka Oaks’: Residents, stakeholders weigh in on golf course development (MO) April 5, 2023
    From the time it was proposed in 1960, Tomoka Oaks was marketed as a community surrounding an 18-hole golf course.  And it was, for almost six decades…….Now, nine years later, Davis is among the number of residents within Tomoka Oaks, particularly those whose properties abut the golf course, that wish to see the land remain as it is. The looming alternative? The construction of 300 homes.    Read the article………………………..
  • Despite new state law, Parkville, Mo., neighborhood says homeowners association banning solar panels (MO) March 30, 2023
    A new Missouri State law, effective January of this year, prevents homeowners associations from banning solar panels.  But that’s exactly what one Parkville neighborhood says is happening right now.  Read the article………………………..
  • Kansas City ‘high-rise on stilts’ subject of KMBC 9 investigation after failed fire inspection (MO) March 17, 2023
    After months of working to uncover details, a KMBC 9 Investigation has uncovered the building failed a recent fire inspection.  A reinspection shows the fire department approved a plan by building management to evaluate the exterior support columns to be completed by chemical and structural engineers.   Read the article………………………..
  • O’Fallon Police Department rolls out new position dedicated to ridding neighborhoods of problem properties, feuds (MO) February 11, 2023
    “One of the first incidents I’ve been assigned to was there’s a neighbor, or resident, that was putting dog feces on the sidewalk,” Young said. “He didn’t want people walking on the public sidewalk behind his home.”  Young said the homeowner’s association asked the man to remove the feces after several neighbors complained, but Young said the situation has since escalated.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condos & Homes Flooded By Busted Pipes, After Mass Power Outage At Lake Of The Ozarks (MO) January 2, 2023
    As temperatures plummeted at Lake of the Ozarks on Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23, suddenly the lights went off for thousands of homes and businesses in Osage Beach.  But more significantly: the heat went off.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fire damages condos along Table Rock Lake (MO) December 17, 2022
    A fire damaged several condos at a complex along Table Rock Lake on Friday.  Firefighters responded to the fire at the Eagles Nest Condo on Indian Point around noon. The fire damaged one building of condos. The high winds created issues for firefighters battling the flames.    Read the article………………………..
  • Grand Haven community clashing with HOA over wild pigs (MO) December 13, 2022
    Residents at The Crossings at Grand Haven are facing a wild pig invasion. Their HOA, they say, isn’t doing enough to address the issue.   Read the article………………………..
  • Firefighters battle condo fire at Lake of the Ozarks (MO) November 4, 2022
    Firefighters responded to the Sycamore Pointe Condos around 11 a.m.  Investigators do not know the cause of the fire. The fire damaged four units in the complex. Firefighters say the fires were a challenge to put out.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fire damages multiple units at St. Louis Park condo complex (MO) October 31, 2022
    Several homes within the Wynmoor Condominiums complex at 3200 Virginia Ave. S. were damaged in a fire around 5:20 a.m. Sunday, the city of St. Louis Park says.  City officials say seven local fire departments responded to the scene, where three units were fully engulfed in flames.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Kirkwood couple claim complex didn’t secure master keys, leading to $300,000 burglary (MO) October 19, 2022
    A Kirkwood couple filed suit Thursday alleging burglars stole more than $300,000 worth of property from their condo after their complex failed to secure the master key.   Read the article………………………..
  • A Busted Sewage Pipe Ruined An Osage Beach Condo Pool, And Residents Want The City To Pay (MO) September 22, 2022
    When the historic freeze of 2021 put the Midwest and Deep South on ice, it also busted a city sewage pipe next to an Osage Beach condo’s swimming pool, filling the pool with sewage. Now, condo owners are asking the city to pay for the repairs.   Read the article………………………..
  • Why HOA Rules Inspire Such Bitter Fights Around KC (MO) September 16, 2022
    A bitter fight over stormwater management and a duck pond shows what can go wrong with HOA covenants, which an expert calls “some of the strongest documents in our legal system.”  Read the article………………………..
  • City settlement with Ely Walker condo board requires security on site (MO) September 7, 2022
    The Ely Walker Lofts Condominium Association will have to hire licensed security personnel, install a security camera and begin using a new locking and access system under a settlement finalized with the city Tuesday.   Read the article………………………..
  • Units condemned & hearing scheduled after action taken against Downtown West condo board members (MO) August 27, 2022
    St. Louis Police say the city attorney’s office gave Ely Walker’s five condominium board members, Anshul Sathyan, Poppy Cao, Bill Richmond, Kyle Hennessey, and Sid Chakraverty, a cease and desist order months ago. However, after residents called 911 for help more than 60 times in 60 days, board members now have a summons for failure to abate. That means they failed to improve measures and now have to report to city attorneys.   Read the article………………………..
  • Southwest Columbia neighborhood in conflict over R/C planes (MO) August 22, 2022
    Remote-controlled planes have been filling the sky in the Longview neighborhood in southwest Columbia, causing some residents to take their noise complaints to city hall.  Read the article………………………..
  • Residents plea for help as potholes cause huge problems in Jefferson County subdivision (MO) August 19, 2022
    It’s no secret that potholes can cause huge problems for your car, but people in Jefferson County say they’re pitching in hundreds of dollars per year to fix their issue and getting no help from their HOA     Read the article………………………..
  • City attorneys take action against condo board members of Downtown West problem property (MO) August 4, 2022
    That legal action comes after St. Louis Metropolitan Police said the condominium’s board members failed time and time again to keep residents safe. News 4 was at Ely Walker on Sunday talking with residents. Shortly after the story aired at 10 p.m., more chaos ensued.  Read the article………………………..
  • St. Charles residents get results after dealing with stormwater and homes in danger of sliding down a hill (MO) July 26, 2022
    The residents of Heritage Subdivision near St. Peters battled severe water issues with homes in danger of sliding down a hill.  The residents have been coping with many problems that occurred in their neighborhood like stormwater run-off problems.   Read the article………………………..
  • Flood control attempt’s expansion creates a flap in Lee’s Summit neighborhood (MO) July 8, 2022
    A grassroots effort to beautify a flood-prone area in one local neighborhood is turning into a feud with their homeowners association.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Lee’s Summit homeowners petition attorney general to help save duck house (MO) July 6, 2022
    More than 400 Lee’s Summit, Missouri homeowners have petitioned Missouri’s Attorney General to assist them in their fight against their HOA to save a duck pool and duck house built in a common area of Raintree Lake.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Celebrate Kindness: woman spreads kindness throughout Plaza condo (MO) May 18, 2022
    Central Bank of the Midwest is awarding $500 to individuals as part of its Celebrate Kindness campaign. Meet winner Patti Hook and find out why she was nominated.  Watch the news report……………………………….
  • Severe foundation problems force St. Charles family out of subdivision (MO) May 11, 2022
    Another family was forced to move out of the troubled Heritage subdivision in St. Charles.  An emotional Victoria Poletti told FOX 2’s Elliott Davis she had to leave her home after seeing severe foundation problems like deep cracks in the basement floor and cracks in the walls and ceiling.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Missouri bill would cut down on HOA solar restrictions May 9, 2022
    The Missouri legislature passed a bill that would cut down on HOA solar restrictions, exempt some solar installations from sales taxes and more. Renew Missouri applauded the passage of SB 745 as a significant win for solar in the Show-Me State and urged Gov. Mike Parson to sign the legislation as soon as possible.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Southwest Missouri senator’s bill would outlaw homeowners’ associations from banning solar panels May 2, 2022
    A bill advancing through the state legislature would prevent homeowners’ associations from banning solar panels on the roofs of homes.  Senate Bill 820, sponsored by Sen. Eric Burlison, a Battlefield Republican, would make it illegal for “deed restrictions, covenants or similar binding agreements” to forbid homeowners from installing panels on their roof.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Dozens of residents at downtown lofts come forward blaming management and the building’s condo association for lack of safety (MO) April 27, 2022
    Ely Walker Lofts is one of the many condominium buildings that sits on downtown St. Louis’ main corridor, Washington Avenue. It’s also been the site of a murder, multiple car break-ins, and suspected illegal parties. Now, dozens of residents who have contacted News 4 want answers.  Read the entire article……………………………….
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