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CASWELL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County woman says after she came to us with a story about a raccoon infestation, she became the target of her condo’s home owners association. Now she is trying to figure out how to keep her home while the original problem is still unresolved.

Susan Prater called WWAY in May complaining about raccoons in her attic and walls at Oak Island Beach Villas in Caswell Beach. After our story aired, Prater was told her two dogs broke the HOA’s rules, and they had to go. Prater found a new home for her dogs, but was then told she had to find a new place to stay.

“Within an hour and a half (of finding a place for the dogs), the owner of my condo received another letter, an advisory notice, stating if she did not formally disassociate herself with me, they were going to file a lawsuit against her,” Prater said.

Prater says she is sure the HOA did this in response to the media attention she attracted.

According to a report from the Brunswick County Health Department, the condo complex does have a raccoon problem. Prater says if the management would have just addressed the problem instead of ignoring it, none of this would have ever been an issue.

“This all started because the owner wanted something done about the raccoon issue,” Prater said. “Had she continued the fight, we wouldn’t be here today. This would be taken care of. She dropped the ball in the middle of it and then threw me under the bus in the process.”

We tried to talk to the condo’s owner, Ginger Harper, as well as the HOA and a representative from CAMS Property Management. No one returned our calls.

Prater went to court today to fight the eviction and won, because the judge said there were no grounds for her to leave.


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  • I won’t tell

    I have reports that the HOA is calling local rental agencies and warning
    them not to rent to anyone who complains about the infestation issues on their properties. Be careful.

  • Guest01

    Eviction fails so now threats?? Anyone familiar with the HOA board or the sinister manager that CAMS has on this property would not doubt this. There is something seriously wrong when actions like this and others are tolerated and yet that manager and board remain in place. Property values are in crisis there and renters will be frightened off. Everyone seems to turn a blind eye to the corruption and intimidations at this property.

  • anne

    Good for her. The best way to deal with this type of situation is to get it out so that the public can see how this HOA is handling the situation. I have friends that live in an area where there is a HOA and some of the rules are ridiculous. He spent almost $1000.00 on a new door and they told him that it was the wrong color. I can understand some rules as in garbage pickup, yard maintenance, but when it comes to telling you what you can plant in your yard or what your house color can be, there is a line drawn there.

    Unfortunately, many of the beach communities are becoming nazi like in their demands on homeowners. Just seems so wrong to me that if I wanted to go and put a million dollar house there, that they can tell me what colors to paint or what to or not to plant in my yard. There has to be some type of restrictions I understand, but they can get out of hand.

  • Michael Pineau

    I have repeatedly complained about the raccoons living in my walls. They keep me awake as they thrash around in the walls all night. In addition several building are now infested with fleas. My unit has been bombed twice, but the problem remains. I had two raccoons sitting in front of my car. I didn’t dare shoo them away to get in my car for fear of being bitten. With the recent case of rabies reported on the island I don’t believe that it would be wise to get too close. My legs are still covered with flea bites and I don’t want to add rabies to my problems. The bottom line is that living in these condos is a health risk and the home owners association make a call to the health department. Maybe a lawyer might be in my near future.

  • Guest461

    It’s great to see you legally prevailed against a group of HOA NAZI’s!!! CAMS behavior and reputation is even further exacerbated by the exposure of this case! They are pointed, spiteful, vindictive and bully condo owners around at the association meetings as no more than helpless apartment dwellers. They are nothing but trouble and turn the condo charter into a fanatical word-for-word document where nobody can win but them…except this time! I hope to see more of this come forward with more people that have the guts Susan had to stand up.
    If anyone is even remotely considering living within an HOA situation and you find that CAMS is the management entity, RUN LIKE HELL, do not even consider it!!! Search for the changing of business names as well! It will be their next move to cloak their stellar reputation. These people will do anything for a dollar.

  • Guest789

    Way to go WWAY. I hope you follow up to see how the board explains this one to the owners at the Saturday morning July 21 open board meeting at the CAMS office in Wilmington.

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