LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A $2000 home paint job during a pandemic can take a big cut out of your budget. Just ask several homeowners who live in one Silverado Ranch community.
They’re upset over a letter by their property manager asking them to paint their homes or face fines.
“I was shocked. I was shocked it was a ten-day compliance letter.”
Mary Koos has lived in the Silverado Place community for more than ten years and says she’s always followed the rules as a homeowner.
She was stunned to receive a letter asking her to paint her home or face possible fines. The letter states she needs to respond within ten days.
Koos says other neighbors have gotten the same letter and they’re all struggling with finances because many of them lost their jobs during the pandemic.
“How are we going to budget this with my husband being unemployed,” she said.
Koos says her homeowner's association board members are trying to help her and didn’t know the letters were sent out initially. She estimates a new paint job would cost between $1500 to $2000.
It’s an investment she says she can’t afford right now.
“Painting our house would take away our emergency funds and leave us with nothing,” she said.
A property manager with Nevada’s Finest Properties says around 30 homes received the letters.
She says notices have been given to the community as a whole that it was time to paint their homes before then.
The letters were then sent individually when it wasn’t done saying it’s the homeowner's responsibility.
She says no one is being forced to paint their homes on short notice and has been granting six months to one-year extensions.
Koos says there could have been better communication from property management about working with them.
“I think a follow-up letter saying they’ll be willing to work with them and give them up to a year, would definitely help our community,” she said.
In the end, Koos was able to get a year extension from the property managers on painting her home.