Homeowners association not responsible for attack in gated community.


Residents of a gated community sued the homeowners association for negligence after they were attacked in the home of one resident by a known assailant. The residents claimed that the homeowners association, which managed, maintained, and controlled the premises, failed to maintain an adequate level of security at the two entrance gates of the community. The court granted the association's request to dismiss the case without a trial.

Residents appealed and lost. Entry into the community through either of its two entrances required use of a magnetic key card system for which only residents received cards. Residents were issued distinct community identification cards, and security cameras recorded the entrances of nonresidents. The community also was patrolled by local police department officers, who demanded ID from visitors and permitted them only if they had received...

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