Wednesday, January 23, 2008

San Jose Mercury News - Newport Beach homeowners association battling artificial lawns: "NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—There's a turf war in Newport Beach.

Artificial lawns are in the cross hairs of the Newport Hills Community Association, which is threatening steep fines and court action if residents don't rip out the pseudo grass.

Connie Hollstein and two other homeowners paid $10,000 each for fake grass, which is becoming an increasingly popular method for saving water and avoiding the upkeep of maintaining natural sod.

Water officials say synthetic turf can save a homeowner more than 20,000 gallons of water each year.

Resident Al Presnell got an association letter saying the synthetic turf 'detracts from the beauty and attractiveness of the surrounding area.'"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Unhappy home buyer, feeling misled on price, sues agent: "CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Marty Ummel believes she paid too much for her house. So do millions of other people who bought at the peak of the housing boom. What makes Ummel different is that she is suing her agent, saying it was all his fault."

Maybe next somebody will sue for not telling them their HOA was dysfunctional. Hey, what happened to caveat emptor?
Goat Wandering Loose Around Condo Complex - New Hampshire News Story - WMUR Manchester
Does he pay his assessments?