Our Fees. Our Space. Not For Profit.
The Complaint alleges that Golf course owner 18 Paradise, LLP (Morris Chen) and its management agent MJ Management (Mick O’Bryan and Josh Williams) have wrongfully charged and collected the common area maintenance fee for years. The lawsuit argues that the maintenance fee is tantamount to stealing from homeowners and demands an accounting and a return of any misappropriated funds.
Intended only for private street, street lights and common space maintenance, their fee increase from $36/month in 2019 to $93/month in 2020 (times 600 parcels) exceeds $600,000.
Recent quotes from local landscaping (referenced in diagram) and electrical contractors (not referenced) indicate maintenance fees should only be a fraction of that amount.
Lend Your Voice
One way homeowners can assist is by providing a statement of approval for the lawsuit. The more owners to express their support, the easier it will be to obtain court approval for the class action. (Read comments)
What is A Class Action Lawsuit?
what will happen if i don't pay the $93 fee?
Nothing. In addition to the Governor’s current prohibition on collection or assessment of late fees, we are seeking a preliminary injunction from Court to prevent 18 Paradise, LLP – Mao Hua (Morris) Chen, from engaging in any collections actions. Consider donating your fee to the trust fund.
Who is "HOAG"?
“HOAG” is an acronym for Homestead Owners Advisory Group, a set of concerned owners who volunteered to meet and advocate on behalf of their neighborhoods against the unfair practices of 18 Paradise and their agent MJ Management, in hiking fees by 158% without any accounting.
What if the golf course shuts down?
Since homeowner dues are only for the maintenance of Common Open Spaces (COS), an absence of those fees should not impact the running of Homestead golf course.
Can I opt out of class action lawsuit?
If the court approves the class action, yes, class members are given the right to opt out. However, in doing so, they do not get the benefit of the lawsuit.
What if nothing changes?
If nothing changes the Declarant, 18 Paradise, LLP (Mr. Chen), can change the Declaration, including raising fees, whenever he wants. He will continue to raise maintenance fees a minimum of 5% a year. So, in 5 years Homestead property owner will have to pay over $1400, and after 10 years over $1800.
Why did the CPA action start and Not the RCW?
The lawyers for the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) action removed financial liability from the petitioners and relied on donations. The RCW action required $30K up front to start, with a possibility of costing up to $50K. Any homeowner(s) that hired that attorney for the RCW option WOULD BE held liable for paying legal fees.
Join your neighbors
If you are a Homestead parcel owner and want control on how membership dues are spent, show your support by approving this lawsuit.