Years following Omaha annexation, owners consider dissolving HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A group of Omaha homeowners in the Walnut Grove neighborhood, originally established in the 1970s, is calling for putting and end to their homeowners association. The story was recently reported by WOWT. Not so neighborly dispute over spending dues By Mike McKnight | Posted: Tue 6:12 PM, Mar 21, … More Years following Omaha annexation, owners consider dissolving HOA

HOA Legislation updates – March 2017 (IA, IL, MO, PA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Iowa Legislation to include single family planned communities with HOAs dies in committee A few months ago, I told you about a group of homeowners in Iowa who worked on legislation for homeowners associations. Iowa currently has statues governing condominium and cooperative associations, but not planned communities with … More HOA Legislation updates – March 2017 (IA, IL, MO, PA)

HOA legislation updates -March 2017 (MD, UT, CA )

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Maryland More powers for condo boards? SB 529 would grant additional power to condominium boards (councils) to amend Bylaws to allow common element restrictions for owners delinquent in payment of assessments. The Bylaw amendments would be voted on by a majority of board members, without any input from unit … More HOA legislation updates -March 2017 (MD, UT, CA )

Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Owners of relatively new homes in Daybreak Townhome 1 Owners Association (South Jordan, Utah) have recently learned it is going to cost more than $60,000 per home to repair extensive structural damage caused by water infiltration. Although the townhouses are less than a decade old, homeowners report a long … More Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes

NV Supreme Court finds HOAs have no obligation to uphold Constitutional property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The court has ruled that the HOA is not a state actor   Property owners in Association Governed Communities face another assault on their rights in the form of the HOA priority lien. According to a recent report in the Review Journal, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a … More NV Supreme Court finds HOAs have no obligation to uphold Constitutional property rights

Is the HOA priority lien necessary and beneficial?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A hot-button issue involving Association Governed Housing – homeowners associations, condominium associations, and cooperative associations – is priority lien status. Currently 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have assessment priority lien statutes. (See the list of states at the end of…

Does the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 apply to HOA corporations?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The question of whether or not the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) applies to corporations of association-governed communities was addressed on a discussion group recently. A number of participants in the discussion group relayed stories of their homeowners or condo associations suing them or taking other punitive actions in … More Does the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 apply to HOA corporations?

Census data show HOAs present few economic benefits to taxpayers, homeowners, local governments

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The HOA industry is fond of bragging about the ever-increasing number of association-governed communities and housing units in the U.S., and makes grandiose claims that privatization of services in common interest, association-governed communities provides economic relief to both homeowners and local governments, keeping taxes low and home ownership … More Census data show HOAs present few economic benefits to taxpayers, homeowners, local governments

Safety, security not guaranteed in homeowners, condo associations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many residents and home buyers are concerned with safety and security these days, even in private communities. Unfortunately, a neighborhood of attractive homes and condos is not immune to either property or violent crime. But did you know that local law enforcement offices seldom patrols association-governed communities? Local police … More Safety, security not guaranteed in homeowners, condo associations

HOA – COA Manager’s column bashes use of social media

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Wow. Every once in a while I read an article about association-governed communities that is really nothing more than marketing hype and public relations for the industry. I hesitate to share these articles, because, in one way, it just spreads the propaganda. But, on the other hand, the only … More HOA – COA Manager’s column bashes use of social media