Courtesy of WFTV -- Channel 9 Orlando
October 14, 2012
— The leaders of more than 200 Lake
homeowners turned to WFTV in hopes of solving a problem with what they say is
an out-of-control Homeowners Association.
Homeowners insist they have no say in what happens in their community, partly
owns Harbor Hills in Lady Lake
Homeowners sent a binder full of complaints about Harbor Hills to the Ivy League
school. But so far, they've gotten no response.
Bill Reitmeier and his neighbors said communities don't come prettier than
"Isn't it beautiful? We live in probably one of the most beautiful areas in
," he said.
But they also insist good looks aren't everything. They have a "beef"
with the "developer."
"If you criticize him, he takes action against you," said John Frame.
Because a third of the lots remain vacant, the developer controls the HOA. So
these men say residents have no rights, which is why they took their complaints
up the ladder to the community's owner, The Yale University endowment fund.
"Simply stated, they refuse to even answer our letters, or our phone
calls," said Ralph Udick.
"When you don't try to resolve these issues within your own community, and
you bring in the news media and Yale, you spread it outside the walls. It makes
it harder to mediate," said Mandy Wettstein, a Harbor Hills spokesperson.
Wettstein said issues between residents and associations are not unusual. And
even though more than 200 residents formed an anti-HOA group called the Property
Owners of Harbor Hills, she said only a handful have a bone to pick with
"And the residents out there, except for these six to 30 members, are
extremely happy and not involved in any of this," said Wettstein.
But homeowners like Ralph Udick said every resident of Harbor Hills needs to
"We have no absolutely no say whatsoever about our property rights,"