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Neighbors vs. Pine Village North HOA: New allegations arise in legal battle

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Residents in Pine Village North in northeast Houston are at odds with their homeowners association again.

They took the board to court and reached a deal. Now, they say the deal is a no-go.

Dilapidated buildings, burnt out homes, a community pool with no water -- some residents say their subdivision is falling apart, and they've had enough.

"I'm fighting because some of the community cannot fight for themselves, and we're going to fight with them," resident Dorrise Jenkins said.

About a dozen residents and activists met Saturday afternoon. They've been in a legal battle for years against the homeowners association, accusing board members of misappropriating money and illegally holding on to their jobs.

Eyewitness News spoke with three members of the HOA board, but they did not want to comment on this pending legal action.

Those present at the meeting say the subdivision has elected a new board. Christopher Mitchell is the president.

"Our community is being destroyed by the acting illegal HOA board," Mitchell said.

But the old board says the new board is illegal with members who are refusing to step down. So there are now two HOA boards, and a lot of confusion over who is in charge and what's happening next.

Both sides are spending money and time on legal action. Meanwhile, no one is fixing the subdivision.

The case is going to trial in March 2014.

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