Fair Housing legal victory for Hawaii condo owners, $1.7 M award

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Gregory and Michele White’s condo horror story began in 2014, when they replaced the light colored carpet in their 2nd floor condo townhouse unit with dark wood floors. Kenolio Condo Association has a rule that requires 2nd floor unit owners to install carpeting, in order to prevent noise disturbances to residents on the first floor. Greg White is visually impaired. He explained that hardwood floors help him to move Continue ReadingFair Housing legal victory for Hawaii condo owners, $1.7 M award

Disabled woman stuck with bills for moldy condo

Water was slowly leaking into her condo. But the disabled homeowner could not smell the mold until her unit was heavily damaged. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many people who buy into the condominium lifestyle do so expecting both affordability and ease of maintenance. But for 72-year-old Judy Young of Orlando, life at One Thousand Oaks Condominiums is neither affordable nor low maintenance. WFTV’s Karla Ray reports Young’s heartbreaking condo horror story. A water leak Continue ReadingDisabled woman stuck with bills for moldy condo

Laws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities . Sadly, once again, I’m seeing reports of homeowners associations denying disabled residents the right to safely enjoy their homes. The latest reports come to us from Tennessee, where residents from two HOA-governed communities have filed complaints with the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC). Veteran, amputee denied wheelchair ramps by his HOA News Channel 5 and The Tennessean report that the Meadows of Seven Points HOA (Hermitage) ordered William Continue ReadingLaws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

Laws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sadly, once again, I’m seeing reports of homeowners associations denying disabled residents the right to safely enjoy their homes. The latest reports come to us from Tennessee, where residents from two HOA-governed communities have filed complaints with the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC). Veteran, amputee denied wheelchair ramps by his HOA News Channel 5 and The Tennessean report that the Meadows of Seven Points HOA (Hermitage) ordered William and Continue ReadingLaws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors