Las Vegas is a hotbed of common interest communities, neighborhoods that are governed by codes, regulations and private boards. These homeowners associations can be vexing at times, and even corrupted by members with criminal intentions.
Construction defects lawyer Nancy Quon died earlier this week. Police believe she had previously attempted suicide and charged her with related offenses. She was discovered dead in a bathtub at her condo in The District. After a spectacular career as a construction defects lawyer, Quon was the target of a federal probe that rigged elections at homeowners association boards and steered tens of millions of dollars worth of legal and construction work to Quon's law firm and a local construction firm.
Everyone loves to hate them - the Home Owners' Association. They say you can't fix your car on the street and your kids can't shoot baskets on the street. But they also make your neighbor mow his lawn and keep the party noise down. So what happens when you have a complaint about the HOA or the neighbors? You might end up talking to the Common-Interest Communities and Condominium Hotels Ombudsman - the officer in the Real Estate Division who has to sort out these disputes. Kara Jenkins joins us to talk about her job and what she can do to help resolve disputes.
The Legislature is looking at tightening restrictions on Homeowners' Associations in Nevada. The foreclosure crisis has produced big bills for unpaid association dues and the additional charges for collecting the debts.