Colorado: DR Horton loses another lawsuit, construction defect reform bill advances

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   One HOA in The Conservatory neighborhood of Aurora was recently awarded $13.5 million in arbitration with D.R. Horton. The construction defect claim was for reconstruction of a groundwater underdrain system that has caused basement flooding in the past. D.R. Horton had refused to repair the drainage system, leading … More Colorado: DR Horton loses another lawsuit, construction defect reform bill advances

HOA planned communities built on unstable ground – literally

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of the more disturbing trends in new home construction is the use of unsuitable building sites. Over the past few years, I have read an increasing number of reports of owners that had to walk away from their homes because of unsafe conditions caused by movement of earth … More HOA planned communities built on unstable ground – literally

Will state bills finally bring accountability to Association-Governed communities?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Both Florida and Pennsylvania Legislatures are considering  bills to create accountability for association-governed communities. But the type of legislation differs vastly. Florida In Florida, the legislation under consideration will apply only to condominium and cooperative associations, but not to planned communities of single family homes. SB 1682 and companion … More Will state bills finally bring accountability to Association-Governed communities?

One toxic personality threatens to destroy voluntary HOA in historic neighborhood

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  Updated April 19, 2017 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The following article written by Sheehan Hannan, Cleveland Magazine, is a must read. It tells the story of social turmoil in once iconic Forest Hill, a historic Cleveland neighborhood with a voluntary neighborhood association. The story gives us a glimpse…

Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities George Staropoli published a fascinating and important blog this week, entitled We don’t want no stinkin’ government protection for HOA members. It is well worth reading and commenting. You can do so here: https://pvtgov.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/we-dont-want-no-stinkin-government-protection-for-hoa-members/ In his blog, regarding a recent newsletter from a California HOA attorney, Staropoli ponders: This … More Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

Hawaii US District Court rules that nonjudicial condo association foreclosures were unlawful

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is the tide turning against nonjudicial foreclosure of HOA or condominium association liens? Real estate investors and condominium associations throughout Hawaii are reeling after U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi published a decision that nonjudicial foreclosure of condominium assessment liens were illegal under state law. During the recent mortgage crisis … More Hawaii US District Court rules that nonjudicial condo association foreclosures were unlawful

Attorneys for mortgage lenders explain how HOAs exploit the system

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners of property in association-governed communities should read the following article, and others like it, even though the intended audience is mortgage lenders. Why? Because savvy consumers should understand the Big Picture, and how all parties in a dispute over your property are affected. The following article covers the … More Attorneys for mortgage lenders explain how HOAs exploit the system

The Great HOA Divide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every day I read dozens of reports of conflict and division in association-governed, common interest communities. None of it surprises me anymore. The pattern of behavior and the nature of these fights is disturbingly predictable. Some experts in the industry blame frequent conflict on a few selfish people, those … More The Great HOA Divide

What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After listening to residents, and reading and learning about issues affecting association-governed common interest communities for more than five years, as well as writing about them for almost three years, something very important is happening. Finally, people are starting to discuss possible solutions…