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The Juravins were told by the POA and the Bella Collina staff that they were “subsequently advised not to contact the Bella Collina management and that their requests would be disregarded.” This escalated when the family requested permission from the POA to post a Black Lives Matter sign in their yard over the summer of 2020. Dwight Schar’s POA wanted the sign removed. The family stated in the lawsuit that they “submitted requests for a political rally and two political signs. Some of these requests were ignored, while some were denied after pending for weeks.”
There were multiple problems with the community. Trash lay around the neighborhood, cars were parked everywhere. Construction sites left messes. Even though Anna and Don Juravin tried to use the appropriate channels within the POA, their requests were ignored.
Eventually, the situation escalated to such an extent that “Randal Greene ordered that the Juravins be denied basic community services for over three years while continuing to charge them fees.”
OTHER HOMEOWNERS COMPLAIN AS WELL
The homes at Bella Collina sell for prices in the millions. But residents can’t just pay for the house. They have to keep up with the amenities. A lower membership at the club will cost $40,000. A higher membership could cost upwards of $80,000. There are costs to living in a neighborhood controlled by billionaire Dwight Schar and his company, DCS Capital Investments.
Homeowners are forced to pay $5,000 a year to stay in the club, as part of the HOA. All that money does not guarantee freedom from HOA laws. If homeowners do not pay their HOA fees, they can expect a lawsuit from Bella Collina, funded by Dwight Schar. In fact, they can expect several lawsuits. Dwight Schar has extensive resources.
In 2017, three of these families filed lawsuits with Bella Collina, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.
There are 340,000 HOAs and POAs in the United States that rule their communities with an iron grip. Lawsuits against HOA and POA are nothing new. But many are wondering if these associations are worth it.
Brad Heckenberg, along with his wife, Lana, wanted to build an addition to their home. They submitted a request to the POA to get permission granted, in keeping with the rules of Bella Collina.
Heckenberg and his wife were told to use Phoenix Homes, a business partially owned by Richard Arrighi, to build their addition, When the Heckenbergs refused, they were denied their request from the POA. Phoenix quoted the Heckenbergs an estimate that was too high for the family, so they could not have afforded the addition if it had been approved.
As a result of the feud between the Sutherins and the POA, the property manager, Randall Greene, told the security guards to stop allowing the public school bus into the gated community. The Sutherins had to have their children leave the neighborhood in order to get picked up by the bus. The children had to walk across a major interstate highway in order to get to school.