Leaky condos, special assessments a pervasive problem worldwide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s blog is for my Canadian readers, but also serves as a reminder to U.S. owners of Association Governed condominiums or cooperatives that the very same problems exist worldwide, wherever Common Interest Development is prevalent. The following article, written by a Canadian attorney, illustrates that point quite well. In British Columbia, condo owners have been dealing with water infiltration for 20 years. Over that period of time, excessive moisture Continue ReadingLeaky condos, special assessments a pervasive problem worldwide

Aspen’s Centennial HOA – not so affordable housing

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Mention the word condominium, and many people will imagine a posh apartment in an elegant building, perhaps with a view of the ocean or a bustling city skyline. But not all condos are luxurious havens for the rich and famous. In fact, most condos are very modest apartment or townhouse style living quarters. Many were built as vacation resorts, retirement havens, workforce housing, or starter homes for younger buyers. Continue ReadingAspen’s Centennial HOA – not so affordable housing

Apartment and condo buildings in shambles

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It seems I read or hear about run-down, unsafe, filthy housing almost daily. Nearly every municipality or county has building codes that are intended to keep housing clean and safe for residents, whether they are homeowners or tenants. Yet problems with sub-standard living conditions seem to drag on for years with no resolution. Here are a few examples.   Affordable rental building in Newark Let’s start with a HUD-funded, Continue ReadingApartment and condo buildings in shambles

Guess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some readers of IAC may be unaware that association-governed communities exist in other countries of the world. Most of them are condominium associations, but may be called by different names such as “strata” or “horizontal properties.” Detached homes in association-governed neighborhoods are called “villas” in many parts of the world, and, because there’s usually no ownership of individual parcels of land, their communities are more equivalent to condominium Continue ReadingGuess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!