in theory you might but the cost of litigation would greatly exceed what you might recover. the first place to seek recovery would be under the comprehensive coverage of the girlfriend's auto insurance assuming she had it. it covers theft. the second source of course is the ex boyfriend. good luck
First off it will be hard to show the HOA should have known the bad thing that the ex planed.We're Incredibly Petty."
In many associations being hard-nosed about the rules is practically the board's raison d'etre. "Some of these board members have nothing better to do. So instead of taking care of the property, they censor people's lifestyles," don't get them started on you . Think it couldn't happen to you? Think again. Many people who belong to homeowners associations do not understand just how much power these groups have over them. in some cases "you don't even get to go to court," says Evan McKenzie, a lawyer turned political science professor in Chicago and the author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government
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In short, you do, but it's an uphill battle. It is very easy in this case for the HOA to defend themselves by arguing that it was a criminal matter that could not bee foreseen. Moreover, they can argue assumption of risk in keeping all the jewelry and other items in the vehicle knowing that he has an extra key. I think the best approach is to file a criminal complaint against the ex (even individuals without proper documentation are protected against crimes and the police will investigate), and/or file an auto insurance claim for theft (if there is auto insurance), and/or file a small claims lawsuit against the ex. Regarding the bad security, you should let the HOA know about it. Put them on notice of what is occurring. This way, if it happens again, at least they have notice of the bad security. However, suing may not be the best option. Unless of course, they have had numerous notices and they still refuse to correct the issue.
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