Residents' rewarded $35 million in civil case over improper homeowners' fees

Posted at 10:51 AM, Nov 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-13 10:51:08-05

POINCIANA, Fla. (AP) — Residents of a central Florida 55-plus neighborhood have been awarded nearly $35 million in a civil case following a judge’s ruling that they were charged improper homeowners’ association fees.

Attorney Carter Anderson says each resident could receive up to $10,000 following the Nov. 2 judgment issued by Polk County Judge Wayne Durden. The lawsuit represented more than 5,000 residents of the Solivita development in Poinciana. Developer Avatar Properties proposed a bond measure in 2015 to sell a clubhouse, pools and tennis court to the resident-run development for $73 million.

Attorneys reviewing the proposal found what they believed to be improper fee collections by the developer.