In 2009 my picture was on the front page of the paper for an article titled "Who mows park strip in Clinton? Home owners want no part of 'useless' land". Fast forward 9 years and the recommended $60 a year is actually $120 a year. Not only that but for the past nine years I have been charged for snow removal on the sidewalks and care of the park strip which Clinton City Titles and Public Works state are the responsibility of the Property Owners and not the HOA. There have also been recent findings that the CCR's state that the Landscape Easement that the HOA is to maintain is 5 feet between the sidewalk and the fence as recorded in the final plat. I was recently able to get a copy of the final plat and it shows the Landscape Easement to be 5 feet starting at the curb and is covering the park strip and sidewalk.

Long story short, the Homeowners of Lexington Estates HOA in Clinton have been charged an average of $90 a year to maintain property that is the responsibility of the property owner. I wonder how many other Ivory Home Communities have been forced into a similar situation where HOA's are forcing the collection of fees to have the homeowner pay for something that they are not responsible for according to CIty Code. I brought this information to the attention of the HOA Management Company and the Board of Directors. I have received no response.

Shane Rasband

Clinton

(5) comments

mw

When we purchased in this community our home was listed as NOT being in an HOA. This is a common story in our neighborhood. The HOA forced on the home owners by Ivory Homes, and I are ready to be done with it. Thanks for sticking with this for 9 years. I hope this is enough to disbanded.

Snel

I am so grateful that you are willing to do the reset each and put in the effort to help those of us that live here and are tired of paying for nothing every year! I understand there is a place for hoa’s, but in the community we live in it is not necessary and should never have been forced into place. Thank you Shane...I’m so glad we have a neighbor like you!!!

srasband

After I had written this article I received a response from the management company. They are reviewing their options.

corey10e

Shane,

Did you knowingly move into this community that has a HOA? Have you lived in any other residential community? In EVERY community I have lived in, (including Clinton BTW) every resident is responsible for the park strip and snow removal. Now if in your agreement with the HOA it says that they should be providing this service for the HOA fees then I agree with you, but the city shouldn't be doing this for you.

I notice that YOU were on the board of Lexington Estates HOA at one point... did you complain to them?

Also seems like you have a pool in the neighborhood... I may be mistaken of course, but the pool doesn't maintain itself.

michaelsmith

At the very least the HOA at Lexington Estates should be terminated by the end of 2018. You have 200 home owners paying to take care of sidewalk and landscaping that actually belong to 19 home owners. This kind of HOA doesn't make any sense. There's no community property, swimming pool, basketball court etc... it's just a park strip and some sidewalk. The city ordinances clearly state that the property owners are responsible for snow removal and landscaping. End it now, make the home owners responsible for their own property. It seems like some kind of investigation into HOA's and why they are being created by home builders like Ivory Homes should be done.

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