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?

Where can homeowners turn for help with HOA problems?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I get a lot of requests from homeowners and residents seeking help with HOA problems. What can you do when things go wrong with your HOA? It depends on the issue, but I try to guide readers to limited available resources. The truth is, while the HOA industry is very lucrative for its major stakeholders, it is very loosely regulated – if regulated at all – for housing Continue ReadingWhere can homeowners turn for help with HOA problems?