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‘Put it in the back yard:’ Yet another HOA restricting the American flag

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities If Sergeant Chris Link wants to display the American flag in his HOA-governed Texas community, he’ll have to put it in his back yard. That’s the suggestion offered by Falls of Fox Creek HOA manager, Tosha Purifoy, as reported by KCEN Channel 6. HOA rules in the Killeen community limit flag displays to just 4 days per year: Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day. The rest Continue Reading‘Put it in the back yard:’ Yet another HOA restricting the American flag

Owners upset over rapidly rising HOA, condo fees

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Whether you own property in a planned community or a condominium, beware of unexpected fee increases. Here are three recent examples: Homeowners in Tennessee debate how to pay to update their aging amenities; an aggressive board forces owners out of their Florida condos with excessively high fees; and a flash flood destroys basement common areas and condo units, but insurance won’t cover the full cost of repairs.   HOA Continue ReadingOwners upset over rapidly rising HOA, condo fees

HOA’s ‘poor decisions’ lead to multimillion dollar jury verdict

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sometimes an HOA board’s poor decision leads to human tragedy. And that tragedy, in turn, opens up the Association to huge liabilities in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. The latest report comes to us from Florida, the result of a bicycle accident. In April 2016, James Schnurr was cycling behind his wife, Christine, when he crashed into a pole on the bicycle path of Jonathan’s Landing, in Jupiter, Continue ReadingHOA’s ‘poor decisions’ lead to multimillion dollar jury verdict

HOA power plays turn ugly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two recent reports highlight ugly HOA wars, power plays resulting in threats, discrimination, aggression, and downright hostility.   Mayor makes angry threats in HOA dispute (FL) In states such as Florida, where the majority of housing is HOA-governed, it’s not uncommon to live in the same neighborhood as local or state politicians. Understandably, it can get a bit awkward when the Mayor of your city lives down the street, Continue ReadingHOA power plays turn ugly