Salisbury, MD plans to be part of solution to HOA storm water flooding

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Eireann Mhor subdivision, located in Salisbury, Maryland, is a 25-year old neighborhood of middle, working class residents. The neighborhood and surrouding area has a history of flooding, said to be related to their poorly maintained, privately owned storm water system. Like most homeowners’  associations in the U.S., there’s little to …

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PA: to homeowner’s dismay, Township won’t help fix sinkhole, because it’s on private HOA property

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’d be willing to bet that at least nine out of ten homeowners are unaware that their HOA may own the storm water management infrastructure in their community. It’s not as though developers and home builders have anything to gain by advertising the fact that future homeowners will be …

Here’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed

Do we really need or want HOAs to be The Enforcers? Arizona Constitutional Rights advocate George K. Staropoli recently published a few posts on an important appellate court opinion in Turtle Rock III HOA vs. Lynne Fisher, involving a homeowners,’ condominium, or cooperative association‘s statutory right to impose monetary fines upon members who violate covenants, …

HOA rule enforcement often leads to financial pressure, threats to health

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities By now, it’s common knowledge that homeowners,’ condo, and cooperative associations can be very strict about enforcing their covenants. And some of the rules enacted by HOA boards are downright unreasonable and crazy. But enforcing onerous rules is more than a mere annoyance for many homeowners and residents. Allow …

Ashlin’s parents respond to Prairie Creek Ridge HOA’s statement about play set, trees

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The HOA now claims it’s not opposed to the playground, just the “tree fence” surrounding the homeowners’ yard By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Since my previous post on a Prairie Creek Ridge’s homeowner dispute over a playground and arborvitae hedge, there have been some new developments. First, following widespread publicity of the dispute, the …

Worldwide condo/strata corruption & dysfunction (July 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s collection of articles from common interest and planned communities around the world. Leasehold scandal: Developers could face criminal charges for breaking consumer protection rules when selling new build homes (U.K.) Buyers were not made aware of vital details prior to purchasing property Purchasers have been affected up …

HOAs struggle to pay for private dam repairs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Summertime is high season for enjoying activities on the lake. But, in many private communities across the U.S., deteriorated dams can no longer safely contain waters of manmade recreational lakes. Most private lake communities are governed by recreation or lake associations through club memberships. Homes in many of these …

New details released surrounding NC HOA racial profiling incident

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week Jasmine Abhulimen, a North Carolina resident of Glenridge community, posted a video of one of then HOA board member Adam Bloom, who called the local police because he did not believe Abhulimen was a resident with the right to use the community’s private pool. Because she and …

Condo lawsuit: former residents sickened by filthy A/C system

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Mother and toddler diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in 2016 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How many times have you heard the real estate sales pitch that the condo lifestyle is carefree? It’s often untrue. The truth is, even if you happen to own or rent a luxury condominium in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, …