A LAS Vegas homeowner said he was hit with a $300 parking violation for parking in a burn lane despite being able to prove the offending car wasn’t his.
Homeowners associations are known for their strict rules, and addressing violations regularly proves difficult.
Robert Liang, a Las Vegas homeowner and avid supporter of his HOA’s policies, was shocked to find a $300 ticket in the mail for parking in a fire lane.
“I follow the rules,” Liang told KTNV 13. “I park my vehicle in my driveway, I don’t park on the street, I don’t park on a fire road. I follow the HOA’s rules because it’s important to me because I want my neighborhood to look nice.
Attached to the violation notice was a photo of a vehicle parked in front of his house – but it wasn’t his.
“The fog lights don’t match, the grill looks different and my car is silver while the one in the photo is white,” he said.
Even though he was able to prove the car wasn’t his, his HOA wouldn’t budge.
According to the agency, they concluded that Liang was responsible for every car parked in front of his home.
“That doesn’t make sense to me,” Liang says. “You know, I have dogs. If a dog runs outside my house, am I now responsible for that dog? If I say, ‘That’s not my dog,’ and you can see in the picture that it’s not my dog, then it’s like they’re saying, ‘Well, he’s got four legs and a tail, that’s yours Dog.'”
Feeling like he was being pushed to the wall and facing a hefty fine, Liang contacted KTNV 13’s Investigative Unit.
KTNV 13 has earned a reputation for exposing HOAs that engage in shady practices on their “HOA Hall of Shame” list.
When I reached out to them for comment, I told them they were next on the list.
Liang’s HOA initially declined to comment or appear on camera.
However, shortly afterward, KTNV 13 received an emailed statement saying all fines had been removed from Liang’s account.
“Right now, this $300 means a lot to me,” Liang said. “You know, I have kids and a family to raise, and that money would put food on the table.”
After being told the charges were withdrawn, Liang hopes the HOA learns from his incident and no one else has to deal with his fight.