Dysfunction in HOA-ville USA (November 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Today’s HOA news roundup highlights a persistent pattern of negligent HOAs and bitter conflict between owner-occupants and investor-owners. Plus, an HOA attorney urges board members to regulate speech on social media. Colorado Why did it take 6 months for this HOA to repair this resident’s kitchen? Sometimes, a little intervention from your local TV investigative reporter gets your HOA to take action. Imagine living with an unusable kitchen Continue ReadingDysfunction in HOA-ville USA (November 2019)

PA homeowners sue HOA and its attorneys for filing frivolous lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Now that their years’ long HOA legal battle has come to an end, two Pennsylvania homeowners have filed a lawsuit against their HOA and its attorneys. Attorney Daniel D. Stofko, of Edelstien and Margolis law firm in Scranton, filed the lawsuit on behalf of Michael Glassic and his wife, Noreen Gorka.  The Stillwater Lakes Civic Association and their attorneys from Young & Haros, LLC — Nicholas C.  and Continue ReadingPA homeowners sue HOA and its attorneys for filing frivolous lawsuit

Attorneys say HOAs entitled to undermine Constitutional rights

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com   In spite of recent state Supreme Court decisions in their favor, homeowners and residents in HOA-governed communities face an uphill battle for their Constitutional rights. That battle has been brewing since the 1970s. At that time, federal housing agencies threw their financial support behind deed-restricted common interest communities (commonly known as homeowners associations). But the fight for community association residents’ rights became more fierce over the years. Continue ReadingAttorneys say HOAs entitled to undermine Constitutional rights

HOA’s 10-year assault on free speech comes to an end

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What happens when homeowners choose to be politically involved in their HOA-governed community? Industry trade groups would have the public believe that HOAs encourage homeowners to be active participants in their community’s self-governance. But, more often than not, IAC hears from owners who face backlash when they question the HOA board’s priorities or decisions. Mike Glassic and his wife, Noreen Gorka, both Pennsylvania homeowners, know the pain of HOA Continue ReadingHOA’s 10-year assault on free speech comes to an end