NC homeowner claims HOA yanked rose bush she couldn't care for while fighting cancer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Charlotte homeowner is upset after she said her Home Owners Association went on her property and ripped out her beloved rose bushes.

"My roses were beautiful," Waunetta Scherich said. "I had lots of compliments on them."

Rose bushes used to frame her home on both sides. Now, you'll only find one.

There's a hole where it's partner used to be on the other side.

"I was shocked. I was absolutely shocked they would come on my property, deface it like they have, it looks a terrible mess out there now, there's bricks on my sidewalk that they've left," she said.

Scherich said her HOA in the Auburn Place neighborhood yanked out her 10-year-old rose bush last week. She said she received a letter about the bushes being overgrown from Hawthorne Management about 30 days ago, but called to explain they'd need to be patient with her.

Scherich has been fighting Stage 4 lymphoma for the last year and a half.

"I called her and told her what I was going through and that I was sorry, but it would have to be cooler weather before I could get out into the yard," she said.

Scherich said her doctor's orders were to stay out of the sun.

"As a matter of fact, the first question I asked him was can we go in the yard and he said no," she said.

Scherich hasn't been able to get any answers, so WBTV called Hawthorne Management multiple times and left multiple messages, but never heard back.

"It's real sad to think if they can't get out to take care of something she doesn't like, immediately that she could come and destroy the property like she did," Scherich said.

Scherich said she pays her HOA hundreds of dollars a year. But after this move, she said she believes her HOA has become nothing but a thorn in her side.

"I'm appalled and I think people should know how cruel an HOA company can be," she said.

There is a bit of good news to this story, as Scherich said she just received the news she is cancer free.

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