by Linda Wagar
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For years, people living in a quiet neighborhood in the Northland ignored the invoices that arrived in their mail demanding payment to a homeowners association.
“Just want to let you know it’s a scam,” Tony Navarro said he was told when he moved to the Summerfield subdivision. “This is not an HOA neighborhood at all. There are no monthly fees.”
But then, just before Christmas, a $445 lien was filed against Navarro’s home and more than 30 others.
The reason? For not paying dues to the Summerfield Homeowners Association. An HOA that has no board and provides no services.
If you call the phone number for the company that runs the HOA — Column’s Park LLC: “It’s some random guy that answers,” neighbor Jesse Kaucher said.
“He told me he had the number for five years,” Kaucher said. “He asked me to let the community know it’s not him. That’s how you know it’s a scam.”
Meanwhile back in Kansas City, Fox4KC nes wanted to help the Summerfield neighborhood get rid of those liens.
Theye paid a visit to Karen Sue Lovell, who filed the liens and is listed as manager of the Summerfield HOA in a letter she sent to homeowners. Speaking behind a window, she said she had no comment.
They also wanted to speak to the other person behind the fake Summerfiled HOA, but he was even harder to reach. Al Roberts is in federal prison, convicted of $3 million in mortgage fraud. Roberts, a retired Kansas City school teacher, formed Column’s Park, the company behind the HOA. Roberts also sent out the initial invoices to homeowners.
The good news is that with Ford’s help the liens have now been dismissed. However, neighbors are worried that there’s nothing preventing it from happening again.