Help STOP HOA Abuse in Florida
Help STOP HOA Abuse in Florida
Dear Gov. DeSantis,
Turnberry Reserve (TBR) used to be a peaceful, middle-class, suburban community in Kissimmee, Florida. Unfortunately, the residents have been terrorized by the HOA Board and their management company for the past 7 years. The Board is made up of puppets that bend to the abusive whims of the management company that is owned and operated by a former HOA President. They issue frivolous illegal fines to the residents with no due process. They do not follow the community bylaws or covenants. They only hold HOA meetings 2-3 times per year, when the bylaws expressly say they are to be held monthly. They are completely unresponsive to resident needs or inquiries. We never receive financial statements or bank accounting. There is absolutely no transparency with vendor contracts, some of which are given to spouses of the Board members. The head of security was the live-in boyfriend of the management company owner and a convicted felon that spent over 4 years in prison for abuse of power as a security officer in North Carolina. They hire security guards that do not provide security, but rather intimidate, abuse and harass the residents that don't support the narcissistic regime and their abusive ways. They infringe on resident's First Amendment right to free speech by fining them for peacefully picketing on County property.
Homeowners receive fines and then get their online account access suspended, so they can't even see or check their accounts to know what they owe; even if they wanted to pay the illegal fines. Then most of the community residents get their voting rights suspended, again with no due process. We have not had an open and fair election in over 7 years. We had a recall election on October 16th with 55% of the community (205 homes) showing up to voice their displeasure with the current Board and our management company. It was not certified or recognized as valid and now sits in legal limbo because no judge or governing body wants to intervene and protect the residents of our community from a dictatorial, abusive, narcissistic regime.
We had our first annual meeting in 7 years on November 7th 2019, with no Board members in attendance. This was their deliberate attempt to prevent the residents form establishing a quorum. Fortunately, quorum was attained because 38% percent of the community came out to vote, which was well above the 30% required for quorum. Unfortunately, 2 days before the election, the management company went into the accounting system and created bogus fines and fees backdating them, so most of the community had fines that they could then point to as a way to suspend our voting rights. This was again with no due process or required notice or documentation.
The owner of our management company is under investigation for significant illegal activity. She is in a legal battle with another local community that she manages. We are spending thousands of dollars from our own pockets to defend ourselves and our fellow residents against this horrible Board of Directors and their corrupt management company. We have gotten local television and radio coverage and support. We have a local County Commissioner's assistance as well, but we are still prisoners in our own homes. We are being sued with our own HOA dues by our corrupt and abusive Board and their terrorizing management company. We have nowhere else to turn and are desperate for relief from this constant abuse. We are afraid of losing our homes to these horrible people. We simply want to live in a nice community where we can raise our families in peace. We want to live in a place we can be proud to call home. PLEASE HELP!!!
Turnberry Reserve Homeowners