Neighbors Outraged at Fake HOA

There are lots of wise people who specifically bought homes outside of HOA control. The Moss Ridge neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida does just fine without one. The neighborhood has only 59 houses and most people are friendly with their neighbors. Moss Hill is clean, homes are nice, there are no cars on blocks, no pink and purple houses.

But a number of homeowners there started getting fake “code violations” in their mailboxes. One person is ordered to paint her house…”or else!” Another is told “Remove the flowerpots from your deck… “or else!”  Still another, “Edge your sidewalk! Or else!” The notices demand correction within 90 days… “Or else!”

The neighbors say there is absolutely no HOA at Moss Ridge. City Zoning says the citations are fake and were not issued by them.

Homeowners are rattled by the phony notices. One woman says, “We obey every rule in the City of Jacksonville. I don’t want to be harassed by some anonymous man.”  Others say they are frightened by the demands.

The neighbors may have good reason to be concerned. In some parts of the country, HOAs have actually been created without notification or permission of all the neighbors.

Kudos to Ken Amaro of for first reporting this story.

Ward Lucas, author of Neighbors At War! The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association.

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

4 thoughts on “Neighbors Outraged at Fake HOA

  1. anonymous

    Homeowners are rattled by the phony notices…Others say they are frightened by the demands.

    When people fear the HOA, there is tyranny.
    When the HOA fears the people, there is liberty.

  2. Judith

    Silly homeowners. Everyone knows that HOAs only give you 10 days to correct alleged violations – real or imagined – then fine and lien you anyway.

  3. peg

    It is so great to see the newspaper do reports. They stay away in our town for fear of hurting real estate and the builders. The people are not deemed important.

  4. Nevada HOA Fraud

    Which to fear more – fake complaints or fake homeowners’ associations?

    Found at least a couple Washoe Co. Nevada HOAs that were unincorporated with the Nevada Secretary of State AND collecting HOA dues!

    Unincorporated – now just how do they report that to the IRS?! Or do they even report to the IRS?

    Federal regulation would prevent much of the HOA fraud, foreclosure fraud and tax fraud.


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