Homeowner Association Complaints Rise

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The new state commission that oversees Nevada homeowner associations is getting a flood of complaints from people who say they've been abused by the associations.

Eldon Hardy, in charge of the Las Vegas office of the Commission for Common Interest Communities, estimates about 1,800 to 2,000 complaints will be filed this month by unhappy residents of condos or other common-interest communities.

Gov. Kenny Guinn on Thursday named the members of the commission created by the 2003 Legislature. Las Vegans include Janet Porter, who has served as a member of an executive board; Michael Buckley, an attorney; Shari O'Donnell, community relations director for Signature Homes to represent a common-interest development company; and Diane Radunz, a certified public accountant.

Also named was Karen Brigg of Reno, who serves as the member who is a permit or certificate holder.

Hardy said people believe the commission can fix problems immediately, but it may not begin hearing its first complaints for another three or four months. The process calls for mediation first, followed by a hearing panel. If there's an appeal after that, it goes to the commission.

The commission was sought by Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, who said during debate on the bill that homeowners associations were out of control. He said he had heard complaints ranging from stealing money to kickbacks to harassment of owners of condos.