How did we get to HOA hell?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How did we get to HOA (homeowners association) hell? To answer that question, today I want to call the reader’s attention to a few highlights from the lead story in Kansas City Star’s HOAs from hell: Homes associations torment residents they’re supposed to support (by Judy Thomas)   Local Governments as HOA enablers First, we have a statement made by a city director of planning and codes, as to why there Continue ReadingHow did we get to HOA hell?

Atlanta’s Channel 11 Alive exposes more HOA hell

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Rebecca Lindstrom of 11 Alive (Atlanta) just completed an investigative report of HOAs, part of the station’s “Keeping the Powerful Accountable” series. The report highlights several facts about HOA living: HOAs have considerable power and control of homeowners Assessments or “dues” must be paid in full and on time, no matter what State law is heavily skewed in favor of construction companies, developers, and HOAs Court costs Continue ReadingAtlanta’s Channel 11 Alive exposes more HOA hell

Can HOAs be reformed or should they be abolished?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities An interesting editorial written by David Sobotta in The News & Observer, entitled My descent into HOA hell in North Carolina, is both eye-opening and provocative. Sobotta explains how, after eight years of uneventful living in his HOA, everything quickly spiraled downward when the developer abruptly decided to hand over control to a volunteer homeowner board. Well, the way Sobotta describes it, it was more like dumping a lot Continue ReadingCan HOAs be reformed or should they be abolished?

IAC Year in review: Top HOA, Condo, Co-op Blogs of 2016

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Readers: As 2016 comes to an end, I want to thank all of you for following Independent American Communities (IAC). Special thanks to those who pass along interesting articles on important issues affecting housing consumers in Association Governed, Common Interest Communities. You’ve inspired me to publish hundreds of blogs in the past year. There’s no shortage of consumer information, HOA politics and news, and HOA horror stories. It’s Continue ReadingIAC Year in review: Top HOA, Condo, Co-op Blogs of 2016