A CONDO resident has asked for help after his HOA threatened to fine the homeowner and his 84-year-old mother a repeat $100 after they installed two satellite dishes.
The resident and her mother, who both own a unit in a gated community, reportedly dismantled their satellite dishes after complaints from the Homeowners Association but were fined nonetheless.
After the homeowner failed to resolve the issue with the condo community HOA, they turned to the Las Vegas Review Journal for advice.
The resident said she was “distraught” after receiving an email from her HOA management company claiming that she and her mother would have to pay a $100 fine and that they would be charged additional fees in could be billed.
The HOA claimed that it was fined for failing to remedy a violation that the homeowner said was due to the installation of satellite dishes without a permit.
However, the local resident claimed that the dishes were placed inside with verbal authorization from the HOA in 2009.
Then, nearly a decade later, in February 2018, the HOA ruled that residents must obtain written permission if they wish to install satellite dishes.
The management company told residents at the time that the order didn’t apply to them, the homeowner claimed.
However, in March 2023, the apartment owners received a letter of compliance.
On June 17, residents went to the dishes, not wanting to escalate the problem.
Even after the dishes were cleared, residents were told to show up for a hearing.
On July 24, they received the $100 fine, which also threatened to force the owners to pay a recurring $100 fine if they didn’t fix the violation, though the dishes was removed in June.
Accompanying the notice was a picture of the residents’ balcony, where both bowls were “apparently removed,” the homeowner claimed.
Residents said they were unable to get in touch with the management company when they asked for clarification on the matter.
They “feel harassed and blackmailed,” the homeowner told the outlet.
Barbara Holland, a housing columnist at the outlet, urged residents to send a certified letter to the HOA board and management company summarizing the timeline of their issue.
Holland said he will also attach a copy of the residents’ recent letter about the violation to the photo they described.
Owners were advised to tell their homeowners association that their information was false and that they must waive any $100 fines.
Holland said residents should write in the letter that they expect a formal response and are ready to lodge a formal complaint with authorities.