HOA sues elderly couple over flower beds, seeking up to $100,000 in damages

Update: Despite dozens of landscapers offering to help an elderly couple following a $100,000 lawsuit filed by Land Tejas over flower beds, the property developer refuses to back down. Click link below.

Update: Despite dozens of landscapers offering to help elderly couple following a $100,000 lawsuit filed by Land Tejas over flower beds, the property developer refuses to back down.

After weathering many storms over their 52 years of marriage including losing a home during Hurricane Harvey, Klaas & Dorothy Tadema never imagined flower beds could force them to potentially lose everything again including their health. Click on link below to view full story.

(Tammy Rose) After working hard and raising five children, retired math teacher Klaas Tadema & his wife Dorothy, a former nurse were excited about spending the rest of their lives in their Dickinson, Texas home. But that dream would soon be shattered after Hurricane Harvey came knocking on their door in 2017.

(Dorothy Tadema) “Almost up to what, 29 inches of water and it was rising and I said to my husband we need to get some help, we need to get out.”

Rising flood waters force Dorthy’s family to evacuate their Dickinson, Texas home in 2017.

(Tammy Rose) The Tadema’s like so many other families in Houston lost just about everything they owned.

(Tammy Rose) That’s what led the married couple of almost 52 years to buy a home in the Texas City Lago Mar Community.

(Klaas Tadema) “We had shopped a bit with the help of some friends for a good place to live and thought we might be happy in a small house in a development like this.”

(Tammy Rose) Known as ‘Dotty’ to her friends and family, gardening has always been this nurse’s passion and is a stress reliever in her life.

(Dorothy Tadema) “The roses are my favorite.”

(Tammy Rose) After living in the Lago Mar community for almost 2 years, the Tadema’s received a notice that they were in violation of the HOA rules because they had not filled out the proper paperwork concerning the layout of their front yard.

(Klaas Tadema) “I understood that if you wanted to add something to your house, put up some sort of building that an architectural approval would be needed and I can find with that kind of thing, yes. I hardly thought that would be applicable to flower beds.”

(Tammy Rose) After paying a $25 application fee and submitting their proposal, Klaas & Dotty received a rejection letter.

(Tammy Rose) While Klaas and his wife thought they were trying to reach a compromise with the HOA, they received an unwelcome gift this Holiday Season, a lawsuit seeking up to 100,000 in damages, citing a 200 dollar a day fine.

(Dorothy Tadema) “As far as fines go, $20,000 maybe, $200 dollars a day so that’s pretty horrific.”

(Klaas Tadema) “If flower beds were really the issue I would say this is a great big laugh but it’s pretty clear that the flower beds are not the issue. These people are simply after one thing and that is money.”

(Tammy Rose) Dotty who just had back surgery and is now disabled, faces another frightening reality, losing another home.

(Dorothy Tadema) “This lawsuit is emotional, something we don’t need in our lives. This is not retirement for me.”

(Tammy Rose) The HOA who has also filed a motion to put a lien on the Tadema’s home have not responded to my request for an interview.

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24 thoughts on “HOA sues elderly couple over flower beds, seeking up to $100,000 in damages”

  1. This HOA is ridiculous, vindictive and a black mark on true HOA’s. They are out for money only. I hope they get smeared by the newspapers and television stations.
    Linda Mitchell

  2. This is unbelievable!!! These fine people are not doing your community any harm. As a matter of fact, they are improving it.
    This HOA should be ashamed

  3. They have shot their own selves in the pocketbook. If I was shopping for a new home and there was the house of my dreams in the subdivision, for no amount of money would I buy it. They would have to pay me to live there. I am one of those people that will not live where there is a HOA. If I want a purple house then I will. If I want flowers in the yard then I will. If I pay for a home it’s mine and nobody is telling me what I can or can’t do with it. I am the one paying the mortgage and taxes. We almost bought some land that was off the grid but the area had HOA rules about what you could build on the land. No mobile homes. We said no! We were shown 2 other pieces of land and we bought one with 40 acres. Still own it in the state of Washington.

  4. You have GOT TO BE KIDDING! !!! Find out who this low life is and blast them all over!

    Tell me who they are!!!! I’ll stand up for this couple!

  5. This is absolutely horrible. I taught with this man for about 10 years at La Marque HS. He’s one of the kindest, most caring people I remember at La Marque. He always had a smile, and I never heard him speak ill of anyone.

    I truly home that someone with some connections and resources can help him. After a lifetime spent in the service of the youth in our community, he doesn’t deserve this.

  6. Basic question
    Did the HOA rules state that flower beds are not allowed
    Was this rule made known at the time of buying a house?
    Was the couple given fair warning which they ignored?
    If not
    Perhaps the couple should counter sue for ten times more for harassment

  7. I was stunned by this. HOA’s like this remind me so much of living on the east coast with their power hungry vindictive ways. I pray things work out for them

  8. We have a family ran and operated lawn business and would like to offer to help them to clean up the yard. Not sure what needs to be done to stop the fines but we would like to help if we can. You can can contact us at 832 512 8481.

    Blessings,
    Rebecca Carter

  9. These letters are 9 months apart. I would suspect there was issues in between and the homeowners were left feeling victimized, but they did have more than enough time to adjust and live by the rules they legally signed before they purchased the home. Hate to see but why ignore the issue.

  10. Come on HOA—-are you seriously that in need of money!!! Put yourself or yourselves to these elderly shoes or situations. Have the heart to evaluate their situations before you rule out.

  11. It’s actually a great and helpful piece of information. I am happy
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  12. Praying for this couple hoping that the spirit of Father Christmas opens the HOA ‘s heart and stop this nonsense. So unfair. Have a wonderful Christmas and may the New Year bring all what you wish for. God bless.

  13. The whole neighborhood needs to go to the Homeowers meeting and remove the board or have them drop the lawsuit. This can be down.

  14. So sad! I live in a mfg home community with an coop. We do have rules to follow but these people were only trying to beautify their property. Who does the lawn maintenance? If the homeowner mows his lawn he has to deal with it! Otherwise he could buy a small lawnmower and care for it himself. I’m sure others in the community are enjoying the beauty of the flowers. This HOA sounds rediculous!

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