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Up Close Look At Homeowners Associations


"I just can't believe it, I just can not believe this has happened," said Wenonah Blevins. And neither could anyone else.

It was May of 2001 when FOX 26 broke the story of the 82-year-old widow who in the blink of an eye went from owning her own home to being homeless.

"I'm like a person who lives under a bridge I have no home," told Blevins to FOX 26 at the time.

Blevins paid cash for her home. But it was taken away by her homeowners association.

Why? The association claimed she owed them around $600 in unpaid dues.

Blevins plight resulted in new laws governing HOAs, but not enough to prevent a repeat of what happened to her.

Fast forward to 2010.

A soldier serving in Iraq loses his Frisco, Texas home to foreclosure over late homeowners association dues.

It's not just unpaid dues that can land a homeowner in hot water with his or her HOA.

"We love working on our house and it's been great to work on it," said Ben Corbin.

In 2009, FOX 26 Investigates brought the strange saga of the Corbins and their homeowners association which described the painted brick on the couple's house as hideous.

"And she said if the paint was not removed from the brick, the property could be foreclosed on and that I could face jail time for this painting of the brick," said Corbin.

The Corbin's HOA backed off after FOX 26 Investigates started asking questions.

Homeowners associations were put in place to protect the value of homes.

But in Texas, HOAs are legally allowed to do everything from post a notice on a resident's door to foreclosing on a home.

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