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Woman at war with HOA over tree troubles

Posted at 11:19 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 11:38:20-04

A Summerlin woman has been at war for months with her HOA over a tree that's causing significant damage to her backyard. 

Karla Carder reached out to 13 Action News on behalf of her neighbor who fears she could face retaliation from her HOA for speaking out about the costly problem. 

"She's an elderly person, she can't do this on her own. It's not fair, it's not right," Carder said. 

Trees on the opposite side of Carder's neighbor's wall have roots which are extending underneath the wall.

It's caused the wall to crumble and crack. It's also destroyed parts of her irrigation system leading to leaks and expensive water bills. 

Carder said they brought the problem to the attention of the HOA. 

"They said it was the city's issue but when we contacted the city they said, "It's not our issue, it's the HOA,' so it's basically, everybody's pointing fingers back and forth," Carder said. 

A representative for the Summerlin Community Assocation sent the following statement to KTNV: 

"It is routine for the Summerlin Community Association to maintain and repair community assets such as landscaping and walls.  In this case, the roots of common area trees damaged a wall that is likewise the responsibility of the association.  The roots also impacted a neighbors mow-curb.  All Repairs are underway and all costs will be borne by the association, not the homeowners. "

The Nevada Department of Business and Industry oversees HOA versus homeowner disputes. To report a complaint visit:http://business.nv.gov/Homeowner/Homeowners_Association_Complaints/