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Neighbors question developer's request for HOA fees

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Homeowners in a Murfreesboro subdivision thought they were being scammed when a strongly worded letter arrived at their doors claiming they owed money.

There was no scam, but the developer said he sent the letter because no one in Florence Point subdivision was paying their homeowners association fees.

Many in the neighborhood said they didn't even know the HOA existed.

"My daughters brought it to me and said, 'this is something you need to read,'" Florence Point homeowner Annette Kemp said.

The letter has many in the subdivision in an uproar.

Developer Denny Hastings claimed he had been trying to turn the HOA over to homeowners for some time with no success.

HOA dues for the neighborhood are $60 a year. The letter said payment of $48 would be accepted and the delinquent amount would be forgiven. If not paid, a lien would be placed on their homes.

"This doesn't look like an official bill to me," Florence Point homeowner Kristy Rincon said. "I want to find out if this is something or just a scam."

Anthony Williams, one of the neighborhood's original homeowners, said he knew there was an association. He said he sent a check but it was never cashed, so he stopped paying all together.

"I just want to know what's going on with the HOA," Williams said. "It's been years, you never collected. We've never gotten any receipts."

The letter also listed Josh MacDonald as HOA president. MacDonald's attorney said he never accepted that position, only mentioned he would be interested in casual conversation with the developer. He said he and his family are now receiving threats.

MacDonald's attorney said he has asked Hastings to issue another letter retracting that his client had anything to do with sending the letter.

Hastings said a second letter is being drafted. It will state where residents need to send their payments.

Hastings is retiring for health reasons and said he has been paying for the upkeep of the common areas since dues are not being paid.

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