Chinese drywall problem puts Parkland...

Chinese drywall problem puts Parkland residents in financial bind

There are 134 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 19, 2009, titled Chinese drywall problem puts Parkland residents in financial bind. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The economy and the Chinese drywall problem are teaming up to bedevil some Heron Bay residents, who say they should not be punished for their inability to pay maintenance fees.

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#1 Apr 19, 2009
Why is the city of Parkland getting involved in a problem that they have no business being in? This whole drywall ordeal is between the homeowners and WCI not the city. As far as the monthly maintenance fees aren't HOA's great

John Willis is nothing but a whiner that knows nothing about home construction. Why would the house have to be knocked down when it is just the drywall on the interior walls and ceilings that have to be redone.

big al sharpie

United States

#2 Apr 20, 2009
They should pay as long as the house is owned by them .Why should the others have to make up the difference of fees?Pay UP
Assn Laws

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 Apr 20, 2009
The assn has to put liens on the properties/units and then move to foreclose on those liens. They can't lock you out of your home or deny you access. Only a judge can do that.

Get an attorney.

Jupiter, FL

#4 Apr 20, 2009
Its not the Drywall its the values dropped Bu 50%
Poo Poo Platter

Lake Worth, FL

#5 Apr 20, 2009
Why doesn't the governer step in and resolve this matter for his many constituents? Does he not know that the problem is now affecting his Parkland campaign contributors?
Bush says No

Port Salerno, FL

#6 Apr 20, 2009
burn it down
I would think

Pompano Beach, FL

#7 Apr 20, 2009
Why is your assn responsible for what your builder did? I would think that you still have to pay your assn dues and settle your claim with your builder. Builders/Developers carry insurance for a reason. Why aren't any articles advising people to get an attorney? And why aren't more attorneys advertising that they can sue your builder's insurance company for settlement?

Because everyone is on the bail out wagon. Biggest hoax of the century.

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#8 Apr 20, 2009
Its illegal for them to deny you access to your home. They should put a lien on the home if not paying the fees.

Homestead, FL

#9 Apr 20, 2009
its truly another way condo boards rob residents. they do it all the time at all condos so dont anyone be surprised. they will come up with anything to get their money. money that rarely goes into any property maintainence, but more likely their own pockets. would you enjoy doing such a job for no money? right. they are paying themselves before anyone else. a truly legalized scam.
as for this supposed drywall, take it back to your builder. it is he who charged you full price for this possible substandard material. you know how everyone likes to jump on the latest band wagon and especially blame the chinese for everything they can. did anyone consider they may just have mold in their homes, like from the hurricanes we had? just a question.

Alpharetta, GA

#10 Apr 20, 2009
"calls unfair an edict that residents who don't pay before May 1 will find their gate clickers deactivated. He said residents have been forced to move out of their homes because of the tainted drywall and are struggling with rental costs and mortgages."

The REALITY of the whole HERON BAY community is people who wanted to be the Joneses in there..90% of the people who bought into the community CANNOT afford it! Its MTA loans, NEG AM and all other kind of crazy financing coming due and no where to turn.

We bought and flipped in Heron Bay several times. It was one of the only communities where there were not even MODELS to see, the prices were way way over the top for the area, and built so close to each other you could shake hands with your neighbor through each others windows! I laughed when I had offers on these homes only 30 days after I went for contract. It was a show off mentality to say you lived in "Heron Bay." It even got to the point that saying you lived in Heron Bay wasn't enough, you had to tell which DIVISION of the community you lived in! So stupid. "Are you on the Parkland side or the Coral Springs side?" "Which are of Heron Bay are in in?"..Blah..blah.blah..(I never lived there just took advantage of the idiot mentality. Moved out of the are with the money!)

The problems in that community with its HOA has nothing to do with chinese drywall, but instead with realtors, mortgage brokers, appraisers and other people who now have no business and can't afford the fake life they put themselves into. Period.

Alpharetta, GA

#11 Apr 20, 2009
Anonymouse wrote:
Its illegal for them to deny you access to your home. They should put a lien on the home if not paying the fees.
The problem with liens is they don't get you the money...people just let them sit there on the home and don't care...

Boynton Beach, FL

#12 Apr 20, 2009
Unlike food preparation government does inspect EVERY single home before it receives a certificate that makes it occupiable by you the home owner citizen. Food preparation regulated by the government only gets to inspect a property here and then, and food gets inspected here and there at the processing plant where it is manufactured. Rotting food served on your plate can only be prevented by the restaurant's trained employees. On the other hand, the "ingredients" or materials that go into making your home are certified ALL the way through, in a very documented process. From the Architect, to the Contractor to the officials that inspect every single step of the way. Putting in millions of pounds of this Chinese drywall with Chinese fly-ash and other chemicals in it goes a long way in letting the South Florida public know how little their Professionals and Government officials was their hands while they prepare their food... Thanks again boomers for ruining our society with your brilliant cost saving measures... Your 401K's decline is Karma coming back to you.
Uh Oh

Stuart, FL

#13 Apr 20, 2009
Bank breaks at 176.00? C'mmon!!!! The free ride is out and everyone is trying to get onboard. "Created bad economy, spent to much for my house, bad chinese drywall, BAD CHINESE DRYWALL????? YEHAWWWWW!!!! Goldmine!!!!"

Loxahatchee, FL

#14 Apr 20, 2009
LMAO! Thought Parkland was for the rich.

Boca Raton, FL

#15 Apr 20, 2009
Willis said he plans to move his wife and two young sons into a rental house in Heron Bay by the end of the month.

Just goes to show that Mr Willis is full of bull.... He is complaining about having to rent a home and pay HOA fees. He is not renting yet.


#16 Apr 20, 2009
The common areas have to be kept up, and where is the association going to get the money if the residents don't pay their assessments? It's bad enough the Chinese drywall will devalue the property, so will unpaid assessments if they lead to poor upkeep. Just because you moved out because of the drywall, that doesn't give you the "right" not to pay the fees. Other people who don't pay don't get to give an excuse. Pay up!
the real answer

Alpharetta, GA

#17 Apr 20, 2009
Local wrote:
LMAO! Thought Parkland was for the rich.
Nope..Boca is "cash" rich..Parkland is on is and has always been "the wannabee city."
the real answer

Alpharetta, GA

#18 Apr 20, 2009
Harry wrote:
Willis said he plans to move his wife and two young sons into a rental house in Heron Bay by the end of the month.
Just goes to show that Mr Willis is full of bull.... He is complaining about having to rent a home and pay HOA fees. He is not renting yet.
Sounds to me that it is "foreclosure" in the future and not "tear down."

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Apr 20, 2009
If you want to live in a gated community there is a cost associated with that decision. If you do not pay, you loose those rights. Is life fair? NO! You should have learned that as a child. I am sorry you got shafted by this drywall issue, but crap happens and it happened to you. You decided to buy that new house, now it is yours and so is the crappy drywall that you purchased. Bottom line, it is not the Government that is going to bail you ouot of this mess. It is you that is going to bail yourself out.

Key West, FL

#20 Apr 20, 2009
Amazing.....everyone wants "Change" and more services, free health care, more police....but no-one wants to pay. You can't have a guard & nice community if noone pays the mtc. fees....the property manager actually has to pay for those things & they need the residents' money to do so.

wait till hidden taxes & fees double under the Messiah Obama & inflation soars, then these people will be crying even more

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