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HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (March 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: more condo HOA managers under investigation, several sentenced after pleading guilty to theft and money laundering; FBI probe in Miami; condo owners catch maintenance worker stealing their stuff. Illinois Condo President says former management company left them bankrupt CBS2 Chicago, reports that Drexel Condo Association President Natasha Neptune, has filed a complaint with Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation against the association’s former management company. Neptune says Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (March 2019)

Million-dollar HOA lawsuit grabs headlines in WSJ

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week the Wall Street Journal published a story about an insanely expensive lawsuit over petty homeowners’ association rules. Many WSJ readers don’t know that the story has been making headlines in the Kansas City Star since 2016. I’ve been following the story of Jim Hildenbrand and the HOA for Avignon Villa Homes for nearly three years, from the initial report, to Hildenbrand’s court “win” in 2017, to Continue ReadingMillion-dollar HOA lawsuit grabs headlines in WSJ

Three outrageous HOA lawsuits (March 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: an Oregon HOA wants to end mandatory contributions to a builder’s nonprofit; a Pennsylvania homeowner appeals a case that seems like an obvious condo board conflict of interest; and the Texas AG fights an HOA’s attempt to incorporate as a city. Do you know what those closing fees are for? Buying  a home is expensive. In addition to the purchase price, a buyer is likely to pay Continue ReadingThree outrageous HOA lawsuits (March 2019)

Arizona Legislative updates: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination (March 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated March 23, 2019 A summary of several bills impacting HOA-governed communities, and closely tracked by the Arizona Homeowners Coalition (AZHOC). Subjects: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination HB-2374 Planned Communities; applicability; recreation center *UPDATE: Good news for homeowners! According to Dennis Legere of  AZHOC, HB-2374 is not on the Senate Government Committee agenda for this week. The bill is effectively dead for this legislative session. A bill summary Continue ReadingArizona Legislative updates: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination (March 2019)