82 Year Old California Widow Loses Home Over $38,000 HOA Fees

Sharee B.

California home prices are some of the highest in the nation due to property taxes, location, and many of their high caliber residents.

However, for 82-year-old widow, Marie Riggins, who lost her husband to a bout with cancer a few years ago, her dream home has become a nightmare. Her home which was located in a gated community of Inglewood Square was foreclosed upon six months ago due to owing HOA fees of at least $38,000.

The elderly woman who has lived in the property since the mid-1980s has continued to find work wherever she can and is afraid of her title being taken by the bank as she has nowhere to go.

“My blood, sweat, and tears are in this house. This is my home, this is where I’m going to stay.” -Mrs. Riggins

According to records, the LA County Sherriff posted a lockout notice on the woman's home, which is the second time that she has received notice since the onset of the Covid pandemic.

Concerned neighbors set up a GoFundMe to assist Mrs. Riggins, in an attempt to keep the woman from losing her home. The page has reached more than $100,000 in funding so far with thousands of donations.

After residing in the home that she owned for more than three decades with her late husband, the foreclosure took place which allowed the home to be sold for $40,000 to new owners.

This past summer, the elderly woman was able to obtain a lawyer to assist her in the case, who had been working with her to explore permanent housing options.

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