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HOAs from hell

Homes associations that once protected residents now torment them

By Judy L. Thomas | jthomas@kcstar.com

While many homes associations still support their residents, others now harass them with narrow and odd rules. Fines for violating those rules can be heavy, leading to liens against residents and even loss of their homes. More critics in Kansas City and nationwide are tracking the problem, but regulations by state and federal lawmakers remain rare.

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Angry residents dig for truth amid signs of decay in HOA

A whistleblower says some Overland Park homes could be rotting from the inside. The struggling Quivira Falls HOA maintains all is well, but continuing battles with residents send some fleeing.

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