Longs neighborhood upset with HOA, new bill in Senate could help - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Longs neighborhood upset with HOA, new bill in Senate could help

A shed has led to issues with the homeowners association of an Horry County neighborhood. (Source: WMBF News) A shed has led to issues with the homeowners association of an Horry County neighborhood. (Source: WMBF News)

LONGS, SC (WMBF) - A new law that would put stricter regulation on homeowners associations is now making its way through the state Senate and for one neighborhood, the changes can't come soon enough.

State Sen. Greg Hembree proposed a bill this year that would make bylaws for HOAs more transparent and clearly defined. Joann Santelli hopes it will put a stop to what she describes as a double standard.

Santelli was told "No" in a letter from her HOA to putting a shed in her backyard. The reason given, she added, was it had to be constructed in the same material as the home.

But she says another letter from a neighbor told a different story.

"I spoke to him and his wife, and they allowed me to get a copy of their letter and their shed was approved. And it's all metal and their home is not made out of metal," Santelli said.

This issue was brought to the HOA.

"A board member actually asked him, 'How can you deny hers if you allowed the other metal one?' and his answers were, 'Two wrongs don't a make a right,'" Santelli said.

Other neighbors say the HOA doesn't hold regular board meetings for the homeowners and that many parts of the community are an eyesore.

"They'll send me a letter if there's weeds in the front yard, that I need to cut the weeds, yet behind my home and all the lots near me are 4-foot tall grass," Santelli said.

The bill proposed by Hembree states that the South Carolina Real Estate Commission must create an instructional video for all people interested in joining an HOA, and provide information on laws and procedures for holding public hearings.

"I feel that our management company does not really do much. They do not do much for us," Santelli said.

Premier Management Group, who manages the development, says they do not approve or deny anything for residents and those decision are made by the HOA board of directors.

Copyright 2017 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Highway Patrol troopers provide tips to holiday drivers at Welcome Centers

    Highway Patrol troopers provide tips to holiday drivers at Welcome Centers

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 8:55 PM EST2017-11-23 01:55:38 GMT
    Interstate 95 sign (Source: WMBF News)Interstate 95 sign (Source: WMBF News)

    When you’re hitting the road for Thanksgiving, state law enforcement wants to make sure you drive safe. South Carolina Highway Patrol was at the Welcome Center in Dillon County just off I-95 and others cross the state to hand out safety material and talk with motorists traveling for the holiday, especially those from out of state.

    More >>

    When you’re hitting the road for Thanksgiving, state law enforcement wants to make sure you drive safe. South Carolina Highway Patrol was at the Welcome Center in Dillon County just off I-95 and others cross the state to hand out safety material and talk with motorists traveling for the holiday, especially those from out of state.

    More >>
  • Last minute Thanksgiving shopping helps local business owners

    Last minute Thanksgiving shopping helps local business owners

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 8:48 PM EST2017-11-23 01:48:45 GMT
    Last minute shoppers rushed to check items off their grocery list while supporting local business owners in the process. (Source: WMBF News)Last minute shoppers rushed to check items off their grocery list while supporting local business owners in the process. (Source: WMBF News)

    The countdown to Turkey Day is underway, with less than 24 hours to go, plenty of people are making last-minute grocery stops. That shopping made it a busy day for local business owners in Horry Country, especially for the grocery stores and local meat markets.

    More >>

    The countdown to Turkey Day is underway, with less than 24 hours to go, plenty of people are making last-minute grocery stops. That shopping made it a busy day for local business owners in Horry Country, especially for the grocery stores and local meat markets.

    More >>
  • Deal Diva: ‘Travel Deal Tuesday’ the latest shopping holiday

    Deal Diva: ‘Travel Deal Tuesday’ the latest shopping holiday

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 7:27 PM EST2017-11-23 00:27:40 GMT
    While searching online for the deals, Christel found starting Thanksgiving Day, hotel giant Marriott and SPG will have its cyber sale. (Source: WMBF News)While searching online for the deals, Christel found starting Thanksgiving Day, hotel giant Marriott and SPG will have its cyber sale. (Source: WMBF News)

    You might score big on a TV or a game system this Black Friday, but you also might be able to land a getaway trip at a great price soon too. Deal Diva Christel Bell explained how you can save if you are looking for travel deals, airfares, and hotels. You have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and now add “Travel Deal Tuesday” to the list.

    More >>

    You might score big on a TV or a game system this Black Friday, but you also might be able to land a getaway trip at a great price soon too. Deal Diva Christel Bell explained how you can save if you are looking for travel deals, airfares, and hotels. You have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and now add “Travel Deal Tuesday” to the list.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly