Illinois Legislature fails to consider legal protections for condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to Chicago attorney Norman Lerum, Illinois condominium owners have the deck stacked against them when it comes to resolving civil disputes with their condo associations. Even in cases where it can be proven that a condo board has failed to meet its fiduciary duty, owners cannot recover their… More Illinois Legislature fails to consider legal protections for condo owners

Easing FHA condo certifications and the Collapsing Housing Market

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Experts are beginning to debate whether or not the US housing market is creating another bubble about to burst. Some say that strict Dodd Frank regulations enacted after the 2008 real estate fiasco have prevented the creation of bad loans made to unqualified buyers, and therefore we won’t… More Easing FHA condo certifications and the Collapsing Housing Market

Homeowners’, Condo, Co-op Association Policy News August 2016

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities STATE LEGISLATION Feniger & Uliasz Law of NH Explains New Condominium Act Changes Under the new law all associations must establish a board of directors and specify the powers and responsibilities of that board. The bylaws must also specify which powers may be delegated to a managing agent.… More Homeowners’, Condo, Co-op Association Policy News August 2016

Neighbor thinking about creating HOA? Just say no!

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Like many mature subdivisions, County Line Estates, located in Grimes and Waller Counties of Texas,  has a road that is in terrible condition. The road and homes were constructed in the 1990s, but there is confusion about who is responsible for maintenance of Brittany Lane. The subdivision spans two… More Neighbor thinking about creating HOA? Just say no!

Status reports on Shawmut Properties, Kornerstone HOA theft cases

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Matthew Dykeman and Andrew Raynor, executives of Shawmut Properties, LLC, managed several condo associations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They were arraigned on charges of theft in 2015, but the investigation began in the summer of 2014. In this case, Dykeman and Raynor allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices for services that… More Status reports on Shawmut Properties, Kornerstone HOA theft cases

HOA Treasurer pleads guilty on embezzlement charges

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Would you believe that stealing $100,000 from your homeowners’ association – with a guilty plea – could get you a maximum of 1 year in prison and a $1,000 fine? Seems like an unbelievably light penalty, but it’s true. When you purchased a property in a homes association, did it… More HOA Treasurer pleads guilty on embezzlement charges

CCFJ asks: Are these HOA meeting rules “reasonable?”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Does your homeowners’, condominium, or cooperative association operate transparently? Are Board meetings open to all owners to attend? Are Board and Annual Member meetings recorded? Are owners permitted to speak at meetings? Over and over again, in response to criticism of HOAs, the industry trade group Community Associations Institute… More CCFJ asks: Are these HOA meeting rules “reasonable?”

CA HOA vs. Water Service Co., homeowners caught in the middle

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Now that portions of the state of California are easing up on watering restrictions, the Rio Vista Community Association has threatened to fine homeowner Benjamin Adams $100 for having brown spots in his lawn. Adams says that brown spots persist in spite of the fact that he is watering… More CA HOA vs. Water Service Co., homeowners caught in the middle

Greene County Commission still refuses to fix roads in Golden Hills

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Back in April, I wrote a blog about Golden Hills subdivision in Virginia. Golden Hills was developed in the 1990s with the intent to turn over maintenance of roads to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). But today the County Commission insists the roads in Golden Hills are private,… More Greene County Commission still refuses to fix roads in Golden Hills

AZ group making waves on HOA issues

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Arizona Senator David Farnsworth (R) has been meeting with a group of concerned citizens to discuss regulation of Association Governed Housing (Homeowners’, Condominium, and Cooperative Associations) in the state. The group includes several professionals seeking to rein what they call excessive power of HOAs, among them Attorney Steve Cheifetz… More AZ group making waves on HOA issues