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Bridgewater Investor

Homosassa, FL

#21 Apr 3, 2012
I am one the many investors that purchased homes in the BW community. To date, I have managed to offload all but one of these homes. Due to a clerical error by the management team hired to rent my homes, this particular one missed an HOA fee of $132 back in the fall of 2009. I learned by my on efforts that the HOA had a lien on my house. No notice was ever sent to myself or the rental company. Since learning that the HOA has run up over an additional 2500.00 in fees/charges and interest including lawyer fees I have challenged the HOA. However, the HOA never responded to my emails, phone calls or certified letters that they received by receipt. Once I became a squeaky wheel, the HOA has evicted my tenant, changed the locks on my home and as of this past Friday, rented out MY home to an unknown tenant. My court date is forthcoming and my attorneys are very confident that I will reclaim my home and a bunch, I mean a bunch of HOA money! So thank you Mr. Spector! You may have just allowed me to recover my lost investment. Cheers.
OWNER

Tampa, FL

#22 Apr 26, 2012
Bridgewater Investor wrote:
I am one the many investors that purchased homes in the BW community. To date, I have managed to offload all but one of these homes. Due to a clerical error by the management team hired to rent my homes, this particular one missed an HOA fee of $132 back in the fall of 2009. I learned by my on efforts that the HOA had a lien on my house. No notice was ever sent to myself or the rental company. Since learning that the HOA has run up over an additional 2500.00 in fees/charges and interest including lawyer fees I have challenged the HOA. However, the HOA never responded to my emails, phone calls or certified letters that they received by receipt. Once I became a squeaky wheel, the HOA has evicted my tenant, changed the locks on my home and as of this past Friday, rented out MY home to an unknown tenant. My court date is forthcoming and my attorneys are very confident that I will reclaim my home and a bunch, I mean a bunch of HOA money! So thank you Mr. Spector! You may have just allowed me to recover my lost investment. Cheers.
I hope you take all of them to task, especially the board member for letting this happen. I think the HOA has gone way over the limit of the covenants in their zealous action taken for the good of the HOA. I am sure if the homeowners new exactly what all was happening in the name of the HOA the would be appalled!!!
Mike - New Tampa

Tampa, FL

#23 May 21, 2012
My question re: the above info from Bridgewater Owner 2 ... is there something in the deed restrictions that denies an owner the right to rent their property in Bridgewater? I see all the listings of homes for sale ... and don't see anyone noting that you can't rent your house. Anyone from the HOA care to comment on this?! If there is such a restriction, why isn't it public knowledge, and what ... by the way ... is the "cure" for the violation if have a tenant for whom you're obligated for the next year? Thanks!
Researched B4 Buying

Saint Petersburg, FL

#24 Sep 30, 2012
Warning: DO NOT buy a house in Bridgewater. This HOA is crazy and OUT OF CONTROL!

Check out these articles:

http://www2.tbo.com/news/real-estate-news/201...

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_...

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/specials...

“Why call 911? 1911 is faster”

Since: Feb 08

Wesley Chapel, FL

#25 Oct 12, 2012
Mike - New Tampa wrote:
My question re: the above info from Bridgewater Owner 2 ... is there something in the deed restrictions that denies an owner the right to rent their property in Bridgewater? I see all the listings of homes for sale ... and don't see anyone noting that you can't rent your house. Anyone from the HOA care to comment on this?! If there is such a restriction, why isn't it public knowledge, and what ... by the way ... is the "cure" for the violation if have a tenant for whom you're obligated for the next year? Thanks!
This practice isnít confined to Bridgewater. Iím very involved in the HOA where I live. The majority of our issues involve bank owned or absentee owners renting their house. Many tenants donít care for the lawn properly, they donít keep the home up and many donít follow the rules.

The HOA canít do anything to you if the dues are paid and the rules followed. When you bought the property those rules would have been provided at closing. By buying you agreed to the rules.

The law requires notice to be sent. Once by regular mail the other by registered mail. If you donít sign for the registered mail the fault lies with you. If you fail to keep the HOA notified of correct mailing address thatís your fault.

Itís unlikely youíre an innocent victim.
True

New York, NY

#26 Oct 26, 2012
eternal cynic wrote:
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This practice isnít confined to Bridgewater. Iím very involved in the HOA where I live. The majority of our issues involve bank owned or absentee owners renting their house. Many tenants donít care for the lawn properly, they donít keep the home up and many donít follow the rules.
The HOA canít do anything to you if the dues are paid and the rules followed. When you bought the property those rules would have been provided at closing. By buying you agreed to the rules.
The law requires notice to be sent. Once by regular mail the other by registered mail. If you donít sign for the registered mail the fault lies with you. If you fail to keep the HOA notified of correct mailing address thatís your fault.
Itís unlikely youíre an innocent victim.
Thanks, Mark.
Bridgewater home renter

Zephyrhills, FL

#27 Aug 28, 2013
This community is horrible! The HOA stold my
Garbage can after i forgot to bring it in and they want me to pay a fee to get it back! Also stupid people moe's lawn early in the morning and later at night and they constantly making noise. All i hear are lawn mowers allllll day it drives me crazy. Please do not buy or rent here! HOA fee is $500! And i still dont see how it can be so much and they do nothing. I believe the association people are taking all the money for themselves and letting the homeowners pay the costs for their high living. You should see their homes! And te cars they drive! They are steeling money from us!! Run away!!!!!!!!
Bridgewater home renter

Zephyrhills, FL

#28 Aug 28, 2013
I agreee with you! The HOA should be disbanded.
They do nothing for their people.
Bridgewater home renter wrote:
This community is horrible! The HOA stold my
Garbage can after i forgot to bring it in and they want me to pay a fee to get it back! Also stupid people moe's lawn early in the morning and later at night and they constantly making noise. All i hear are lawn mowers allllll day it drives me crazy. Please do not buy or rent here! HOA fee is $500! And i still dont see how it can be so much and they do nothing. I believe the association people are taking all the money for themselves and letting the homeowners pay the costs for their high living. You should see their homes! And te cars they drive! They are steeling money from us!! Run away!!!!!!!!
Raejon

Zephyrhills, FL

#29 Feb 6, 2014
Bridgewater is full of 17 year old wannabe gang bangers.
Yank

Lakeland, FL

#30 Jun 25, 2014
Most of these negative comments sound like they are being made by the same realtors the "investors" use for absentee landlord management who rent all they can get to Section 8. Most of them are gone and the crime went with them and their dirtbag realtors who screw every community they infest. The HOA threw them all out along with their"tenants" with the help of legit homeowners.. These comments no longer are accurate and should be revised for accuracy and facts
Hiya

New York, NY

#31 Aug 28, 2014
I rented there for several years. FINALLY got out and bought a house nearby in a MUCH nicer neighborhood. So glad to be out of there. But I feel bad for some friends who purchased homes there. They want out also but can't sell, because NOBODY wants to buy a house in that place. Sad because it has a lot of potential. Nice area, every house is on the water or backed up to woods, decent size homes, good location. But nobody has any pride there, everything is run down and there are zero amenities. Way too much riff raff as well.
Brian Smith

Land O Lakes, FL

#32 Jul 20, 2016
I have owned my house in Bridgewater since 2010 and haven't had any problems. I only pay 350 a year for hoa and is very reasonable. I think it used to be ran down around 2008 but it's cleaned up alot. Good neighborhood other than some cars speeding by.

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