Offensive HOA rules against American flag, religious statue, and bluebonnet flowers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Updated: April 5, 2018 The real estate industry sells housing consumers on the concept of homeowners’ associations, claiming the rules they enforce protect property values. There’s no solid evidence to prove that a home in an association-governed community is worth more to a home buyer than a comparable home without all the extra covenants, restrictions, rules, and regulations (CC&Rs) of the typical, modern HOA. On the other hand, Continue ReadingOffensive HOA rules against American flag, religious statue, and bluebonnet flowers

Vietnam Vet wins 20-year flag pole battle with HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The good news is that a Virginia delegate helped a Vietnam veteran convince his HOA to allow him to put up a flag pole for his American flag. The bad news: it took 20 years to resolve the dispute, and allow an American veteran to assert his rights and display his patriotism. Last Friday, WRIC Channel 8 News (Richmond) reported that Wyndham Homeowners Association finally told Richard Oulton that Continue ReadingVietnam Vet wins 20-year flag pole battle with HOA

Another HOA restricting the American Flag

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities OK, it’s Memorial Day weekend. Time to display the American flag. Unless, of course, you live in an HOA. Then you can only display the American flag when and how the rules say you can. Honestly, these flag display conflicts are getting tiresome. They rear their ugly head anytime from Memorial Day through Veteran’s Day. For some Association Governed housing developments, it’s just another excuse to enforce arbitrary rules Continue ReadingAnother HOA restricting the American Flag

Victory for HOA homeowners over American flag display

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog   Another little victory for homeowners. Last week in Chestnut Place Condo Association in Murray, Utah, homeowners were being fined for flying the American flag in front of their homes. The HOA cancelled a meeting at the last minute when dozens of homeowners and the media showed up. The HOA Attorney even made an attempted explanation in defense of the Board’s right to regulate flag diplays. (you can Continue ReadingVictory for HOA homeowners over American flag display