HOA Violation Leads to Jail Time
This came in my Realtor email newsletter today. It’s a reminder that HOA rules have to be followed, no matter the reaons for not being able to comply.
A 66-year-old grandfather in Bayonet Point, Fla., is doing jail time because he couldn’t afford to replace the sod on his lawn in his deed-restricted community after his sprinkler system failed.
The Beacon Woods Civic Association took Joseph Prudente to court earlier this year after he failed to re-sod despite several warning letters. In September, Circuit Judge W. Lowell Bray ordered Prudente to resod. When Prudente repeatedly ignored the court order, Lowell sentenced him to jail without bail until the lawn is sodded.
Prudente, who takes heart medication, says he was unable to fix the lawn after his adjustable rate mortgage rose to $600 a month, Wachovia Bank repossessed his Toyota Scion, and his daughter and her two children fell on hard times and moved in with him and his wife Pat.
The Beacon Woods association expressed regret that Prudente had landed in jail. “It’s a sad situation,” says board president Bob Ryan. “But in the end, I have to say he brought it upon himself.”