Who will win the battle over rental restrictions in HOAs?

HOA suburb aerial view

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com In the U.S., we have a raging battle between two different kinds of property owners: traditional homeowners and investors. The former buy a home as a place to live. The latter purchase homes for the purpose of generating rental income. The heat of the battle is concentrated at the lower end of the housing market, limiting the supply of affordable housing for sale and for rent in America. Continue ReadingWho will win the battle over rental restrictions in HOAs?

Homeowners say Airbnb ruined Sedona Arizona

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Earlier this year, I wrote about Arizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals, beginning with a state law enacted in 2016. (Senate Bill 1350) Arizona now prevents local governments from banning short-term rental homes. Critics say that state law makes local governments powerless to address numerous nuisances created by AirBnB, Vrbo, and HomeAway rentals. For example, owners and residents of Sedona are turning up the pressure on Arizona Continue ReadingHomeowners say Airbnb ruined Sedona Arizona

Should your HOA have the right to inspect your garage?

Traffic jam parked cars

Residents push back when HOA goes overboard with proposed new parking restrictions By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week homeowners turned out in droves for a board meeting in the Eastlake Trails and Eastlake Woods neighborhoods. Consisting of hundreds of homes, both Chula Vista HOA-governed communities deal with a common problem in densely packed residential neighborhoods. Parking. So many cars. So little space to keep them. True, most homes in Eastlake III community association Continue ReadingShould your HOA have the right to inspect your garage?

FL HOA fines family of autistic boy to remove back yard fence (repost)

Boy painting fence

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (Note to subscribers: reposting due to spam attack of original link) Rarely does a week go by that we don’t hear about a Fair Housing complaint filed against an HOA-governed community. The latest buzz involves a family in Sarasota, Florida. Mike and Michelle Morley, parents of Mason, a 9-year-old autistic boy, ran into trouble with the Harbour Walk HOA after they installed a back yard fence. Mike Morley, Continue ReadingFL HOA fines family of autistic boy to remove back yard fence (repost)