Atlanta fire sprinkler pipe fails, floods condo units for second time

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Fire sprinkler systems have been installed in condominium and apartment buildings for the past several decades. In the past few weeks there have been several reports of fires in older multifamily housing structures, including condominiums, that resulted in fatalities and personal injury of residents. The older buildings were constructed in the 1970s -1980s, without fire sprinkler systems. There has been quite a bit of controversy about whether or Continue ReadingAtlanta fire sprinkler pipe fails, floods condo units for second time

Think your HOA townhouse is convenient, maintenance free? Think again.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In some parts of the country, the real estate industry is marketing townhouses to first time homebuyers and retirees looking to downsize. Builders are also putting up townhouses in vacation destinations. Several times per month I hear from homebuyers that are considering buying a townhouse, because they do not want to do yard work or exterior maintenance. Some are growing older, others work long hours or travel often, some Continue ReadingThink your HOA townhouse is convenient, maintenance free? Think again.

Is your condo balcony safe?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As summer weather kicks in, many condo and apartment residents look forward to spending some time out on their decks, enjoying the sunshine and some fresh air. But, not so fast. Do you know if your deck is safe? A recent report from Dublin, Ohio, serves as a caution for homeowners and tenants alike. Two people were seriously injured a few days ago, when a second story balcony suddenly Continue ReadingIs your condo balcony safe?

Condo owners bring personal injury lawsuit after balcony collapse

OHIO – Suit alleges defective construction, negligent management leads to deck collapse By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As reported by ABC 6 and documented in a legal complaint filed in July, Hayden Run Condo Association was made aware of a previous deck collapse in the community sometime prior to 2010, but did nothing to prevent a similar disaster for other condos. Injured victims Roger Guess and daughter Arlene Guess are suing both the developer, Continue ReadingCondo owners bring personal injury lawsuit after balcony collapse