Overgrown grass and weeds have become a problem at an abandoned Village of Tamarind Grove home.
Those issues led supervisors from Village Community Development District 8 to find the owner of the residence at 2396 Haddington Court in the Montbrook Villas in violation of deed compliance rules during their regularly scheduled meeting on Friday at the District boardroom in Lake Sumter Landing.
According to Community Standards Manager Candy Dennis, the residence is owned by Mortgage Research LLC, which does business as Veterans United Home Loans. That company, which was awarded the property on Sept. 27 through a judgment, hadn’t responded to multiple messages until Thursday when a representative promised Dennis the issues would be taken care of on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Dennis said the original complaint about the property was received on Oct. 15 and a deed restriction reminder was sent the following day. A second letter was mailed Nov. 5, followed by a third letter and photograph on Nov. 19.
At Friday’s meeting, Dennis said it was important for the board to find the owner in violation of the deed compliance rule and give the mortgage company three days to take care of the issues, which also include a tree in the eaves of the residence.
She said if the property is brought into compliance in that time frame, the complaint will be closed. Otherwise, the District would be authorized to maintain the property and impose a $250 fine to be paid within 10 days of an invoice that would be issued to the owner.
In addition, supervisors authorized the District to maintain the property twice a month in the summer and once a month in the winter, as needed, and impose a $250 fine each time it maintains the property. If the fines reach $1,500, the case will be turned over to District Counsel to “seek all available remedies,” which may include initiating a lawsuit, seeking an injunction against the owner and placing a lien on the property.