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/ Owner - July 2, 2012
  • These HOA and property management companies in Myrtle Beach area get the most complaints, SC says July 13, 2024
    Horry County led the state last year in complaints against homeowners associations, or HOAs, filed with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs in 2024.  Of the 365 complaints, Horry County residents filed 89 — nearly a quarter of the reports.  HOAs can be a thorny subject for renters and homeowners. While HOAs can mean higher property values and neighborhood amenities, they also require fees and limit what residents can do with their homes.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Surfside Beach condo building closes after officials find ‘structural deficiencies’ (SC) July 5, 2024
    Surfside Beach officials closed an oceanfront condo building after they determined it was unsafe because of “structural deficiencies.”  Fire Marshal Keith Williams on July 1 announced the Sandfiddler at 813 S. Ocean Blvd., had been shuttered after his office, the town building inspector and an outside engineer found “inadequate means of egress and structural deficiencies.”     Read the article…………………………….
  • Kiawah Island development opposition continues, attorneys now involved (SC) July 5, 2024
    Property owners and the Homeowners Association on Kiawah Island have been fighting against proposed developments for months and now attorneys are involved.  The attorney representing the developers, Kiawah Resort Associates, sent a letter to the attorney representing Kiawah HOA’s, saying their concerns they expressed to the town about the development are groundless and are delaying the approval of the site plans.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Ex-Hilton Head POA treasurer convicted after embezzling over $200K from reserve accounts (SC) June 17, 2024
    With restitution finally paid, a former treasurer for a Hilton Head POA who was caught embezzling over $200,000 from the association’s reserve accounts will dodge jail time with a three-month probation sentence. The woman siphoned funds from the community for more than four years without raising any eyebrows.   Read the article…………………………….
  • SC judge gives woman 5 more years for ‘egregious’ $1.1M theft from Rock Hill development June 15, 2024
    Besides GRH, Hill also stole money from the homeowners association at Riverwalk, prosecutors and company officials said in court. Hill was in charge of the money for eight months in 2020 before being caught.  “She has been given chances to change her behavior, but she has chosen fraud and dishonesty,” GRH employee Debbie McMillan said in court.    Read the article…………………………….
  • What are HOAs? Should you live in one? What to know about the rules. (SC) June 11, 2024
    In South Carolina, HOAs are a hot topic of discussion among homeowners.  Although homeowners may dread forking over those hefty monthly dues, homeowners associations ensure community guidelines are adhered to. They also maintain the neighborhood’s appearance.    Read the article…………………………….
  • SCCL residents turn out to support HOA president (SC) June 4, 2024
    It was not a quiet day in Sun City Carolina Lakes on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.  Over 200 people showed up at the Lake House at noon June 28, looking to hear from the HOA Board President Thomas Powell, who had sent an email to the community earlier in the day, saying he would meet with concerned residents an hour before the scheduled HOA Executive Board meeting at 1 p.m., the latter being a closed session to “discuss personnel ...
  • HOA says single elevator at senior living community will cost $120K to fix (SC) May 31, 2024
    Residents at one senior living community in West Columbia said the only elevator in their building has been broken for several months.  The Hulon Greene Homeowners Association said the elevator experienced “the failure” in November 2023. However, residents said the elevator had been broken since September.    Read the article…………………………….
  • 2 found dead after firefighters battle Goose Creek condo fire (SC) May 20, 2024
    Two people were found dead after an early morning fire on Pine Shadow Drive.   The Goose Creek Rural Fire Department responded to a fire call at 1:56 a.m. May 20 and found a “significant” fire on the first floor of a row of townhomes.  Two residents had jumped from the second floor before firefighters arrived. They were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the fire department.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA dispute? How to resolve heated issues (SC) May 15, 2024
    Complaints against homeowner associations have become so common in South Carolina that the Department of Consumer Affairs said it’s the biggest growing category of all the reports they get.  So 7NEWS Here to Help looked into how people can resolve many of these disputes before they get too heated.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowners say their new D.R. Horton houses are practically falling apart months after moving in (SC) May 15, 2024
    Homeowners in South Carolina say their new homes built by D.R. Horton are practically falling apart.  In April of 2022, Dave Preston and his wife moved into their D.R. Horton home, but they said everything was horrific with toilets backing up, outlets not working, and parts of the home unfinished.  “They were trying to do too much, too fast. The quality was horrendous,” Preston said.  Read the article…………………………….
  • AMG HOA and Condominium Manager CEO Paul K. Mengert Receives Prestigious 2024 Community Associations Institute Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs May 14, 2024
    Paul K. Mengert, CEO of Association Management Group (AMG), was honored with the prestigious 2024 Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs by the Community Associations Institute (CAI) on Friday, May 10. This distinguished accolade honors individuals whose outstanding volunteer efforts have significantly propelled the government and public affairs initiatives of CAI   Read the article…………………………….
  • Commentary: FCC’s bulk internet billing proposal well-intentioned but could harm underserved in SC May 13, 2024
    Having a high-speed internet connection is essential for so much of today’s day-to-day activities. I’ve experienced that in my daily life, have heard it from the constituents I serve as a Florence City Councilman, and know it’s critical that we do everything we can to ensure everyone who wants a connection can get one.  On this front, the Biden administration has done exceptional work to get underserved communities online through such initiatives as digital literacy grants and the creation of ...
  • Bluffton homeowners sue Palmetto Bluff Club over mandatory membership waiver (SC) May 8, 2024
    In an effort to reverse what some Palmetto Bluff residents see as an overreach by the developer to soften club membership requirements, five homeowners filed a lawsuit in March.  The lawsuit piggybacks off of a 2022 lawsuit that demands the club become a non-profit and ownership be moved from the developer to the homeowners, as is common in many other Hilton Head area communities.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Neighbors concerned over giant hole in Richland County neighborhood (SC) April 24, 2024
    Neighbors in one Richland County neighborhood are banding together to try and fix a water drainage problem that has caused a massive hole in one woman’s backyard.  The large hole is in the Cameron Ridge Subdivision right off Caughman Road.  Robin Odems and her neighbors tell WIS News 10 the hole in her backyard has been a problem for almost a year.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents question fire safety after 2-alarm fire in Carolina Forest condo complex (SC) April 9, 2024
    After a two-alarm fire ripped through a River Oaks condo Saturday morning, nearby residents are questioning their safety saying they didn’t even know it was happening.  River Oaks residents claim they didn’t realize the roof of their condo building was on fire Saturday morning until a neighbor came banging on their doors.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Goodbye turf grass: HOA embraces native plants for their gnarly roots March 28, 2024
    When James McKee became president of his community’s homeowners association three years ago, he did it for the stormwater ponds.  The 13 ponds in Seaside Farms provide protection against flooding by storing excess stormwater, but McKee was surprised to learn that their main function is to clean the water.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Employee accused of stealing over $200,000 from HOA in Anderson Co. (SC) March 26, 2024
    An employee is accused of stealing over $200,000 from a homeowners association in Anderson County.  According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, detectives met with the Overlook Homeowners Association President after he noticed a large amount of money was missing from the association’s account.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Editorial: SC is getting more HOA complaints than ever; it should act on them March 4, 2024
    Most anyone driving past the small garden planted in the front yard of Craig and Jamie Bussard’s James Island house at 1530 Ocean Neighbors Blvd. would think, “Is this really what all the fuss is all about?” if they even noticed the few small plants in a fresh bed of wood chips. That’s why the neighborhood homeowners association’s order to remove the small rain garden and put down sod in its place seems so bizarre and petty.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowners fight to keep rain garden in flood-prone James Island yard; can HOA be stopped? (SC) February 27, 2024
    Whenever it rained, Craig and Jamie Bussard knew their yard would flood.  It became saturated every time the skies opened up ever since they moved into their home on Ocean Neighbors Boulevard in 2015.  Over time, the Bussards just accepted it as their reality.  But then they saw a way out: plant a rain garden, a round space where native plants would soak up the downpour.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Don’t see it slowing down:’ SC Consumer Affairs say Horry Co. HOA complaints on the rise February 14, 2024
    Horry County leads South Carolina in the number of Homeowner Association complaints, according to a recent report by the South Carolina Dept. of Consumer Affairs.  The report shows consumers raised nearly 700 concerns with HOAs in 2023.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Myrtle Beach HOA won’t provide completion date for public trail nearly 5 years after opening (SC) February 13, 2024
    A Myrtle Beach Homeowners Association still won’t provide a completion timeline for a public walking trail from nearly five years ago.  The Grand Dunes community in June 2019 announced plans for the Waterway Trail, a 2-mile multi-use trail along the Intracoastal Waterway near the Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Surge in HOA complaints fuels calls for regulation (SC) February 11, 2024
    Consumer complaints against South Carolina homeowner associations (HOAs) have more than quadrupled since official record-keeping began in 2018, according to a new S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs report. And that’s part of what is fueling renewed calls for better HOA regulation in a state where more than 25% of residents live under association governance.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Surge in HOA complaints fuels calls for regulation (SC) February 10, 2024
    Consumer complaints against South Carolina homeowner associations (HOAs) have more than quadrupled since official record-keeping began in 2018, according to a new S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs report. And that’s part of what is fueling renewed calls for better HOA regulation in a state where more than 25% of residents live under association governance.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Richland Co. HOA complaints from 2023 continue to concern Lake Carolina residents (SC) February 9, 2024
    According to records from the Department of Consumer Affairs, 10 of the county’s 56 HOA complaints from 2023 were written specifically to the Lake Carolina Master’s Association.  Some residents had filed complaints dating back to August 2023, pertaining to an abandoned property and walking paths that need repairs.    Read the article…………………………….
  • 20 displaced after 2-alarm condo building fire, officials say (SC) February 7, 2024
    When fire crews arrived to the scene they found fire moving quickly through the building and the roof, say officials.  Officials also say 19 units were damaged at the condo building and 20 people have been left displaced due to the fire.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Horry County again sees most HOA complaints filed in South Carolina, data shows February 1, 2024
    Horry County once again saw the most complaints against homeowners associations across South Carolina, according to new data.Read the article…………………………….
  • S. Carolina Insurer’s Bad Faith Causes $27M Loss from Policies with $2.5M Limit December 15, 2023
    A panel of the South Carolina Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a trial court order requiring Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Insurance Co. to pay an award totaling $27,339,535.46 to developer Portrait Homes and the Persimmon Hill Homeowner’ Association, even though the policies it sold Castillo’s company provided only $2.5 million in coverage.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Storm water damage in Aiken neighborhood sparks solution talks (SC) December 14, 2023
    It may not be your neighborhood, but it’s a problem you could be paying for eventually if you live in Aiken. Storm water damage has both leaders and residents eyeing solutions in the Woodside Plantation neighborhood.    Read the article……………………………
  • Hilton Head POA ex-treasurer arrested for fraud. Over $150K missing from accounts (SC) December 5, 2023
    Ex-treasurer Patricia Butville embezzled nearly $200,000 from the POA of Broad Pointe, a private gated community located off Marshland Road in central Hilton Head.  Read the article………………………………
  • Irmo mayor at odds with his community association over campaign signs (SC) October 16, 2023
    The meeting followed Walker, who is on the ballot for re-election Nov. 7, placing campaign signs in his yard and the association deeming it inappropriate.  Neighborhood policy dictates that campaign signs may “may display only the politician’s name and party affiliation and possibly his/hers contact information and be displayed no more than thirty (30) days prior to that candidate’s or proposition’s election, run-off election, primary, or referendum” and “all political signs must be removed within seven (7) days after that ...
  • Flagpole feud in Wildewood V: A family stands firm against HOA for patriotic display (SC) October 15, 2023
    In the Columbia community of Wildewood V, a flagpole in a family’s front yard has sparked conflict between people on social media.   Read the article……………………………
  • Emergency crews respond to fire at Charleston condominium (SC) October 2, 2023
    The fire impacted five units with three being by water damage, according to Julazadeh.  Six people were inside the units when the fire started and one person was taken to a hospital, Julazadeh said. The fire department believed that she had lost one animal.    Read the article……………………………
  • Political campaign sign problems in Archers Court neighborhood (SC) September 2, 2023
    Mark Passmore said he put up a mayoral election sign in his yard last Thursday, and one day later, he got a letter from his HOA demanding he take it down.   Read the article………………………..
  • Sun City HOA board amends political ban (SC) August 21, 2023
    The controversy in the Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL) community regarding a decision by its homeowners association board to bar campaigning by declared political candidates on association property is being resolved.   Read the article………………………..
  • Regulators talk options for coastal SC homeowners reeling with home insurance ‘crisis’ August 8, 2023
    The news is out about the ongoing premium pressures hitting hundreds of property owners across South Carolina, especially the coastal region.  Monday, a town hall took place hosting state leaders from across the insurance industry to handle questions about what some state leaders see as a potential crisis for homeowners.    Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Insufficient maintenance’ contributed to staircase collapse at North Myrtle Beach condo, official says (SC) August 8, 2023
    Fabbri told News13 that a lack of regular maintenance contributed to the collapse. It happened at about 10 p.m. Friday while a family of four was walking on it, according to police.   Read the article………………………..
  • Injuries reported after stairway collapse at North Myrtle Beach condo (SC) August 6, 2023
    Two adults and two children were involved in a stairway collapse late Friday in North Myrtle Beach, according to police.  Ofc. Patrick Wilkinson with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department told WMBF News the incident happened at around 10:15 p.m. at the Sea Cabin condos on North Ocean Boulevard.     Read the article………………………..
  • Myrtle Beach resort’s pools shut down several times. Now a mom is suing over chemical burns (SC) August 5, 2023
    Several defendants are named in the lawsuit, which was filed in June 2021 in Florence, but has had several versions since then. Defendants include Brittain Resorts and Hotels LLC; Ocean Front Investors, doing business as Caribbean Resort & Villas; Caribbean Oceanfront Tower Homeowners Association; Ally Management; and Hucks Pool Co.   Read the article………………………..
  • Grand Strand HOA communities rocked by hard insurance market, some fear a housing downturn (SC) July 27, 2023
    In an area that’s seen its fair share of natural disasters rip people from their homes, a new threat has arrived on the Grand Strand and all of Coastal South Carolina.  Property insurance is now leading to many sleepless nights for home and condo owners as well as those charged with representing their communities    Read the article………………………..
  • Dashcam video shows closed gate slowing Summerville police response to drowning child (SC) July 26, 2023
    For the first time, we are seeing the moments Summerville police struggled to get to a 2-year-old drowning in a retention pond.  According to an incident report, officers had difficulties getting to the scene because they could not open the community gate.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA bans political campaigns at popular neighborhood for stumping (SC) July 25, 2023
    There’s a neighborhood in South Carolina that has become popular with candidates with aspirations for higher office.  But neighbors tell Channel 9 that the homeowner’s association is now banning candidates from stumping in the community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Irmo homeowners want brick wall in their neighborhood fixed (SC) July 18, 2023
    An Irmo neighborhood has been in a three year battle over a partially collapsed brick wall. Upset residents have reached out to News 19 for help in reaching a solution.  Back in May of 2020, homeowners in Carmel Commons explain they came home to a giant problem: a fallen brick wall. “It’s about eight feet, nine feet tall,” Irmo homeowner Philip Herterick said.    Read the article………………………..
  • Carolina Forest is the size of a large SC city. Will it ever actually become one? July 15, 2023
    Carole vanSickler, the association’s current president, said the organization remains neutral on the idea of incorporation, but “we are concerned about additional taxes and the costs to even follow the incorporation process.”   Read the article………………………..
  • First responders faced unique challenges during fire on Goat Island Friday evening (SC) July 12, 2023
    Chief Oliverius says they also plan to meet with the Homeowners Association in an effort to educate them and create an awareness of their expectations and the challenges first responders have.    Read the article………………………..
  • Alligators in the garden and a community living in fear of the next fatal attack (SC) July 10, 2023
    Having lived in Spanish Wells, a 400-acre private community on the peninsula of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for about 30 years, “savvy” Mrs Jenkins, 69, knew she was sharing her little corner of paradise with the island’s native alligators.  So when her body was found in the clutches of a 10ft alligator in a lagoon just 100 yards from her home on the morning of July 4, her death shocked the community.    Read the article………………………..
  • Aiken County sues River North HOA, construction company over unpaid expense of damaged sewer line (SC) July 9, 2023
    Aiken County is suing the River North Homeowners Association and a Virginia-based construction company over an incident three years ago that it says damaged a main sanitary sewer line and left the county still waiting on reimbursement of the nearly $120,500 expended in emergency repair of that line.   Read the article………………………..
  • SCDCA Releases Special Five-Year Homeowners Association Complaint Report (SC) June 28, 2023
    In celebration of the Homeowners Association (HOA) Law’s fifth anniversary, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is releasing a compilation of the HOA complaint data received from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2022. The HOA Five-Year Complaint Report covers general complaint data and information from the HOA supplemental questionnaire, shows any trends that have developed over the last five years and maps the complaints per county.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘A kick in the teeth:’ Some Hilton Head condo insurance policies soar 500% (SC) June 22, 2023
    Anything in life that costs 500% more this year than last year is unthinkable.  But for when it comes to condo insurance in Beaufort County, it’s a reality.  This year, Hilton Head Island Sea Side Villas owner Jared Shope is paying $4,000 in special assessments on top of the condo’s $4,860 yearly regime fee.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘People are panicking’: Homeowners fear losing homes after HOA hires unlicensed contractor (SC) May 31, 2023
    Some homeowners in one Volusia County community are up in arms after they claim their homeowners’ association president hired an unlicensed contractor to work on their buildings. They told Action 9?s Jeff Deal they’re worried about how they will cover the extra costs to finish the job.   Read the article………………………..
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