PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla - Angela Chance wipes the tears away as she ponders the possibility that her beloved home may never be safe to live in.
"Seeing your life's investment, which is your home, is hard to deal with in this condition," Chance said. "And just no one caring about it."
Chance's roof, as well as the roofs of dozens of others in the Lake Catherine community in Palm Beach Gardens, has major damage that is progressively getting worse.
"It's been almost two years now and nothing's been done, nothing's been done," said Denise Connelly.
The damage would normally be covered under the more than $700 a quarter homeowners' association fees.
But the HOA is engaged in a bitter lawsuit with Citizens Property Insurance- the state run insurance company.
The HOA is blaming the damage on Hurricane Wilma, which blew through the area 4 years ago. Citizens is supposed to be helping with Wilma's damage.
But John Lakin, the attorney representing the Lake Catherine HOA and dozens more subdivisions in similar suits, says Citizens is refusing to pay out even the most obvious of claims.
"Citizens refuses to take responsibility," Lakin said. "They just won't do it. You look around the state at what they are doing it's reprehensible."
Lakin says reports show the only way to repair the roofs is to replace them completely; the total would be 6 million dollars. While matters sit in court, residents say very little has been done to protect their homes.
"My fear is that my roof is going to fly off," Chance said. "It's not acceptable to live like this."
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