Retired Chicago condo owners could soon lose their home to deconversion

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Less than 2 years after they decided to retire in their Chicago condo, Eddie and Colleen Soto were shocked by news of a vote to sell the building to investors for a deconversion. The Sotos have owned their condo a 2 East Oak since 2008. Except for the year they rented their unit to a colleague, they enjoyed their Windy City condo on weekend getaways from their hectic Continue ReadingRetired Chicago condo owners could soon lose their home to deconversion

HOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Nov. 11, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Religious discrimination costly for condo association; owners hit with huge special assessments; no solutions in sight for HOA community plagued by sinkholes or condominiums threatened by beach erosion; jury orders bad neighbor to pay $1M to condo association; another condo association near death. New Jersey HOA must pay legal fees for religious discrimination/fair housing lawsuit   A group of Orthodox Jewish residents of the Enclave at the Fairways (Lakewood) Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Nov. 11, 2019)

HOA, condo state laws change homeowner rights (Nov. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com California provides increased protection against housing discrimination for military families; Florida considers bill to rein in power of CDDs to create new bond obligations for homeowners; Hawaii reverses course on condo owner protection from nonjudicial foreclosure.   California Housing providers cannot discriminate due to Veteran, military status SB 222 makes it a violation of civil rights to engage in housing discrimination based upon Veteran or military status, offering Continue ReadingHOA, condo state laws change homeowner rights (Nov. 2019)

FL Homeowners sue HOA manager, board, and ex-con security guard

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com When homeowners discovered that their community’s security guard, Joseph Conover, was unlicensed and a convicted felon, a group of four homeowners at Turnberry Reserve decided it was time to oust the current HOA board and management company. A few weeks ago, several homeowners staged a public protest outside the entrance to their community, holding up signs urging their neighbors to vote in a new board of directors at Continue ReadingFL Homeowners sue HOA manager, board, and ex-con security guard