V - Legal
A. Early Years (1975-1995)
An important additional amendment, brought the POA into conformity with Chapter 723 (the Florida Mobile Home Act), which designates a home/property owner association, in subdivisions, as the legal representative of residents. It also grants the right of first refusal, or purchase of recreational facilities, and/or other property serving the subdivision, in the event the owner/developer offers them for sale.
Sales advertisements by the Developer's staff promised free services and privileges for residents, depending on when they purchased their units. These services and privileges included free trail fees, free RV storage, garbage and trash pickup, free cable TV, and protected deed restrictions for residents who had purchased properties in The Villages by certain dates. When these promises were canceled by the Developer, the POA filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of affected residents. A 1991 settlement of the lawsuit "grandfathered" exempted residents from payment of the fees based on their property closing dates.