A Florida HOA board took one outrageous action that made homeowners reach this shocking conclusion

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Homeowners Association’s (HOAs) are some of the most hated organizations in the country.

But they usually get a pass from homeowners as they lord over the neighborhood.

And a Florida HOA board took one outrageous action that made homeowners reach this shocking conclusion.

Residents of a homeowner’s association in Florida forced the entire board to resign.

A $60,000 special assessment

The mass resignations came after the board voted to make each townhome owner pay an extra $60,000 for a special assessment.

The HOA board sent letters to residents of the Villas of Carillon in Feather Sound telling them they would have to come up with $60,000 to fully fund the maintenance accounts required by the state of Florida.

Florida increased funding requirements after the collapse of the Champlain Towers in 2021 to make sure residential complexes have enough money to pay for proper maintenance.

But the demand by the Carillon HOA may have been a mistake or a misunderstanding of the new state requirements.

There is a dispute about whether those requirements even apply to the Villas of Carillon.

And there is a debate over whether the HOA board needed to make such a massive request from the 165 townhome owners.

Patricia Staebler, a certified reserve specialist based in Sarasota, told WTSP-TV that “there is a difference between being 100% funded and funding your reserve requirements for the upcoming fiscal year 100%.” 

“I’ve been doing this for 15 years. In my entire reserve specialist career, I have not seen an association which is 100% funded,” she continued.

According to her reading of the law, the HOA was absolutely not required to demand 100% of the funding up front from the townhome owners.

“Nobody needs to be 100% funded, that is overkill. And again, that is not the intent of the law,” Staebler said.

Even more confusion

In addition to that confusion, the new state rule applies to buildings with over three stories and thus likely does not apply to the townhomes at the Villas of Carillon.

That’s because the townhomes are only two stories.

After the assessment letters went out, more than a hundred homeowners filled a Hilton ballroom and forced the HOA to postpone the vote for the assessment based on a technicality in the HOA rules.

Later that evening, the HOA members received an email telling them that the entire HOA board had resigned.

Had the assessment been voted in, some homeowners said they might have had to sell their homes.

“There will be a lot of people that lose their homes. Either they have to sell or they can’t make these payments. They’ll have a lien put on their house, foreclosures. I’m concerned about the overall community,” homeowner Tammy Rodeffer said.

Power certainly corrupts.

And HOAs are oftentimes run by those whose only real goal is to have some sort of power.

But in this case, the HOA board took it just a bit too far.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.