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York County woman fed up with homeowners association

INDIAN LAND, SC (WBTV) -

Taking on a persistent homeowners association is a battle many have faced before, but one York County mother says she's had enough.

24-year old Betty Lapore and her family bought a house in the Windsor Trace development last year. Since then, she says the homeowners association hasn't left her family alone.

"We moved here from a really bad area in Fort Bragg so our kids could have a good life. And I'm not trying to cause problems, i'm just trying to hangout with my kids all day," Lapore said.

Lapore tells WBTV it all started when she decided to paint her front door red, which instantly caught the attention of the HOA.

"They fined us 350 dollars. They threatened to put a lien on our house for that much," Lapore said.

Lapore says she was forced to hire a lawyer who eventually got the HOA to drop all the fines. In good faith, Lapore said she painted the door blue again, but the HOA said it wasn't the correct shade.

"I repainted the door because I didn't want the fight. It wasn't that big of a deal to me to be fighting over a door," Lapore said.

The mother of two thought her run-ins with the HOA were over, until last month.

"I had a guy ring my door bell asking if I wanted to buy meat out of his van. That was kind of creepy to me. I have two kids, i don't want strangers coming to my door," Lapore said.

So Betty says she typed up a "No Soliciting" sign and hung it on her door.

However, she says it didn't take long for a notice to come, saying she needed to hang it in the window, which she says she did.

But then Lapore says an email came yesterday requiring her to take it down all together.

"She said actually the board of directors decided that you need to take it down. So once I complied with their rules, they changed the rules again to make me in violation again," Lapore said.

The president of the Windsor Trace homeowners association tells WBTV the rules are in place to keep the neighborhood attractive and property values up. But Lapore doesn't see her sign getting in the way of that.

"I just want to be left alone. We're not trying to cause problems, I'm not trying beat the system or get some type of blank check do whatever I want," Lapore said.

The H-O-A president added that she shouldn't need the sign because a "no soliciting" sign is posted at the entrance of the neighborhood and the cops will be called on any trespassers.

The company that manages the property has yet to comment.

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