Residents of sinking Calif. subdivision file claim - SFGate: A leaking county water system that went undetected for months saturated the hillside and caused the ground to give way, said Michael Green, an attorney for the 41 homeowners in the subdivision with sweeping views of Clear Lake in Northern California.
Green is seeking $5 million for each homeowner in the claim filed last month against the county.
"They're facing a pretty significant economic disaster," he said.
This is a bit of a twist on the often unfortunate encounter between water and HOA dwelling units. The usual context is a construction defect claim against the builder and/or subcontractors for water intrusion. This one's against the local government for water underneath the dwellings, causing the earth to swallow them up. Call it water subversion.