A recent news report by WFTV Channel 9 (ABC) in Orlando focused on the accounts of some of the residents of the Cypress Head at the Enclave gated community in Oviedo indicating that the HOA has neglected to take action against a homeowner whose tenants are creating an extreme nuisance.
A resident is quoted in the report indicating that the HOA has neglected to adequately address the problems being caused by his neighbors, who are University of Central Florida students. He claims that they urinate in his yard, where he has even found discarded condoms, and his photos and videos documenting the large piles of trash and vehicles parked on the sidewalks from their many “wild parties” are included in the report.
The resident indicates that he has attempted to resolve the matter via mediation with the homeowners association to no avail, and he has since received a letter from its attorney indicating that compliance has been met.
The resident’s attorney tells the reporter that they will be filing a lawsuit against the homeowner and the HOA, and judging from his clients’ photos and video showcased in the news report it appears that may have a strong case.
The takeaway from this episode for HOAs is that they would be wise to be very diligent in their efforts to effectively contend with residents who are creating a nuisance for their neighbors. In addition to the prospect of litigation, the HOA in this case was also hit with an extremely negative news report by one of its local TV stations, and such a report can adversely affect the community’s reputation and property value.