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Florida judge awards nearly $35 million in improper HOA fees

The lawsuit represented more than 5,000 people.
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POINCIANA, Fla. — Residents of a central Florida 55-plus neighborhood have been awarded nearly $35 million in a civil case following a judge’s ruling that they were charged improper homeowners’ association fees. 

Attorney Carter Anderson says each resident could receive up to $10,000 following the Nov. 2 judgment issued by Polk County Judge Wayne Durden. 

The lawsuit represented more than 5,000 residents of the Solivita development in Poinciana. Developer Avatar Properties proposed a bond measure in 2015 to sell a clubhouse, pools and tennis court to the resident-run development for $73 million. 

Attorneys reviewing the proposal found what they believed to be improper fee collections by the developer.