Joanne McCarn’s home in Wesley Chapel, Fla., is not foreclosed. She owns it and had rented it to a single mother of five children. According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, though, the homeowners association has been walking a “tricky legal path” that led it to evict the tenant after the mother would not pay her rent to the HOA instead of McCarn. The association then moved in their own tenant and has been collecting the rent itself.
“This is not a foreclosed house,” McCarn said. “This is still my house.”
The Tribune reports it all started when the Bridgewater Community Association imposed a lien on McCarn in 2009, which she had not paid. McCarn said she did miss one HOA payment of $225 after her mother died, which she is willing to pay, but the lien is for more than $2,000. The Tribune states the lien amount includes “special assessments” and other fees that include legal costs and a $500 rental fee. McCarn states she and her husband tried to remedy the situation with the HOA President Mark Spector but were thrown off his property.
The original renter was later given 24 hours to leave the property. McCarn was then informed by a neighbor when a U-Haul pulled up and a new renter moved in. Watch the local news report for more, including background on other issues homeowners have had with this specific HOA before:
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