Judge rules troubled condo residents can begin process to try
back property from receiver
19 March 2015
Orange County, Florida:
A judge ruled Thursday that Blossom Park condominium residents can
begin the process to try to take their property back from a court
"A tremendous weight has been lifted," said homeowner Larry Agosto.
The homeowners have complained that the current receiver, Frank Barber,
has taken their homeowner association funds and has not made repairs.
Barber has indicated he will not fight any attempt to have him step
If the homeowners convince the court to let them take their property
back, it could get some much needed repairs.
The judge also said Barber must legally turn over the records for the
last five years.
Lawyers for the homeowners said Barber did turn some records over, but
they have unanswered questions about how HOA fees have been spent.
Many records are missing, and a forensic accountant will go through
them to see what is and isn't there.
"When I had a conversation with Mr. Barber, he indicated there were
repairs done, but the buildings speak for themselves and those
buildings are falling apart. Code enforcement is all over it and most
of the people are moving out. It's not a safe place to live right now,"
said attorney Mark Lippman.
"Are you suspect about those documents that this may not be the full
story?" asked reporter Shannon Butler.
"Tremendously so," said Lippman.
Homeowners must now file a motion to try to formally remove the
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