Bird Lakes Residents Continue Fight Against HOA

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CBS Channel 4 -- Miami

   Natalia Zea Reporting

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Kendall, July 20, 2007

    

(CBS4) WEST KENDALL No matter what language they say it in, the neighbors who live in the Bird Lakes development in West Kendall want their point heard.

You can hear one of them screaming, "They are selling us out like pigs! Alright!"

They don't want a homeowners' association. This includes the Perez family, who say they can't afford the brand new $100 a month fee.

"For us itís hard, Iím a school teacher and in the summer months Iím off, I donít get paid, weíre living off one salary coming in, and weíre making ends meet," said Tanie Perez.

Assistant County Attorney Tom Robertson came

 Asst. County Attorney 

Thomas H Robertson

wasn't successful convincing the homeowners that they should be double-taxed! 


to the rally to explain why this is happening on Friday. He says the Bird Lakes area was developed in the 80's, and the developer signed a deal with the county creating a homeowners' association.

 

In the early 90's the association fell apart, but Robertson says the requirement to have one didn't go away.

"If you look on that corner right there, where thereís all the trash and all the overgrowth that makes your neighborhood look terrible, that should be maintained by a homeowners association," Robertson told the crowd while they shouted.

Now after 10 years the county wants to sue the association for dozens of code violations in common areas such as the lakes. So a judge created an association for the neighbors, though many of them had no idea about the proceedings.

THE BATTLE CRY OF THE

HOMEOWNERS UNDER SIEGE!


The judge appointed accountant Phillip Shecter to be the association receiver, which means for now he is the association president and its board of directors. We've learned Schecter is getting paid for it and so is his accounting firm.

       
In the early 90's the association fell apart, but Robertson says the requirement to have one didn't go away.


"If you look on that corner right there, where thereís all the trash and all the overgrowth that makes your neighborhood look terrible, that should be maintained by a homeowners association," Robertson told the crowd while they shouted.

Now after 10 years the county wants to sue the association for dozens of code violations in common areas such as the lakes. So a judge created an association for the neighbors, though many of them had no idea about the proceedings.

The judge appointed accountant Phillip Shecter to be the association receiver, which means for now he is the association president and its board of directors. We've learned Schecter is getting paid for it and so is his accounting firm.

"Thereís a lot of people that are going to benefit from this association," said Perez. "Of course, the ones that are paying for it are not going to see anything."

CBS4 News could not reach Phillip Shecter for comment Friday. We were told he is on vacation. Neighbors will meet with Shecter next month, and once the association is on its feet, Shecter will have to turn it over to people who live in this neighborhood.

If the signs on their fences are any indication, the neighbors plan to fight.


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