I am sending this letter to get some visibility and maybe some help. I live in a Herbert Homes community in Grovetown called Grove Landing. I was recently sent a letter inviting us to an annual homeowners asssociation meeting. I went hoping to address some issues in our neighborhood, such as graffiti on the signs and dumping at the community pond.
I arrived 10 minutes early and was eagerly waiting to get some issues discussed, but as I and the other homeowners who actually pay HOA fees, we have no control over our community. First, developer Mark Herbert did not even show; he sent the HOA managers from Wright McLeod’s law offices to hold the meeting for him. They then advised us that no one in the community has any say on what happens in the community, and that the HOA documents give Herbert full control of the community and all funds until he has sold his last percent of any properties in the neighborhood.
The lady from Wright Mcleod’s office went on to brief the community on the money raised from the HOA dues and to let everyone know that Herbert had added a new fining policy to the rules and implemented it arbitrarily. We then were briefed on the budget for the past year and projections for the new year.
The members of the community have raised concerns about things that needed repair, and they were advised that Herbert knew of them for months and would handle them. The new concern is why this man, who does not reside in the community and has placed himself as the head of the HOA, would not let those that live there take over the HOA? It is to the point that I want to sell my house and not deal with the issue of having one man control our neighborhood.
Members of the community are frustrated. ... Is there any recourse people in the neighborhood can take to undo what has been done? I am really concerned as to how someone can give himself all rights to the money that we give to the HOA and spend it how he sees fit, and not how the community would like it.