Cities overrule HOAs that restrict access, activities in public parks

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Homeowners and residents don’t always agree with the rules and management decisions in their association-governed communities. Conflict and HOA lawsuits are fairly common, but mostly invisible to those who do not reside in a covenant-controlled neighborhood. But sometimes an HOA opposes city government. And there’s a bit of …

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Condo and homeowner associations losing popularity with today’s buyers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Several weeks ago, Shu Bartholomew and I discussed On the Commons the changes taking place in the market for association-governed housing. There are some good reasons why home buyers have become less than enchanted with common interest development in general. The prevalence of community conflict and unpredictable financial risks are …

Conservative talk show host threatens to “torpedo a lawsuit” against his HOA

Mark Levin fed up, suggests national movement against Homeowner associations By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesA reader alerted me to the fact that conservative radio talk show host, Mark Levin, admitted on air that he’s fed up with his HOA. Whether you agree with Mr. Levin’s partisan politics or not, you need to listen to …

The war on Christmas, holiday decorating continues for apartment, condo HOA dwellers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I can remember the neighborhood of my childhood at Christmastime. Almost every house on my block was decorated with colored lights, wreaths, candles in the windows, light-up Santa and snowman figures, and Nativity scenes. Neighbors who celebrated Hanukkah would place a Menorah in one of their windows, and …

IN Judge rules in favor of HOA, says City of Charlestown’s fines are unconstitutional

Judge agrees with HOA’s complaint that City of Charlestown acting in collusion with private developer   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I have been following reports from Charlestown, Indiana, for more than three years. That’s how long Mayor Bob Hall has been working on his grand redevelopment plan for the city. It all …

Archive: Charlestown, Indiana and eminent domain

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Archived posts from Neighbors at War blog (Ward Lucas)   Indiana Residents Fighting Eminent Domain for Private Development Originally posted on Neighborsatwar.com October 31, 2014, guest blog by Deborah Goonan I follow Institute for Justice on social media. See the link below for their recent press release about the Pleasant …

California Corporate Owners Association destroys church’s Christmas Nativity Scene

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The holiday season would not be complete without another dispute over holiday decorations, especially display of religious symbols. CBS New Channel 8 reports that Ranch Maintenance Agreement (RMA) Association in Oceanside, through its management company, STOS Partners, cited Pastor Openshaw for placement of a Nativity Scene on association property, …

Poor urban planning, unkind attitudes lead to unreasonable parking restrictions in CA HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Donie Vanitzian’s column in the L.A. Times is a great inspiration for my Sunday blog. This week’s Q&A addresses a very common source of conflict in increasingly dense housing governed by private homeowners’ associations: parking restrictions. But don’t just read the column. Be sure to read the comments, …

Thanksgiving and private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Sometimes I agree with John Stossel, and sometimes I don’t. But this Thanksgiving video explaining the “tragedy of the commons” with regard to Pilgrim settlers is right on. Watch this brief video first, then see my additional commentary below. https://youtu.be/jZERvJemQLc Now think about the “tragedy of the commons” …