FL homeowner says HOA should respect her religious freedom

Catholic Virgin Mary Lady Guadalupe

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Community Millie Francis, a homeowner in Bradenton Tropical Palm, says she isn’t going to take down a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe (also known as the Virgin Mary) that adorns her mobile home, despite her HOA’s objections. The property manager of the trailer park, Janet Nowakowski of Vanguard Property Management out of Tampa, says several months ago, the HOA gave Francis permission to remove a picture window from her home, Continue ReadingFL homeowner says HOA should respect her religious freedom

Homeowners, residents cope with dysfunctional, abusive HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 90-year-old woman stuck with flooded basement, no A/C for over two months Ameera David 5:59 PM, Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM, Aug 15, 2018 ST. CLAIR SHORES (WXYZ) – A basement in shambles is what 90-year-old Lillian Arnone has to look at every day. The St. Claire Shores homeowner living in Windwood Pointe Condominium says the problem began in early June, and since then has transformed her first level Continue ReadingHomeowners, residents cope with dysfunctional, abusive HOAs

MI: Bay View Association members vote to revoke rule requiring owners to be Christians

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Good news! It appears that a federal lawsuit against Bay View Association, filed by current homeowners and potential home buyers, has generated enough public pressure to convince the association’s membership to vote to eliminate the requirement that all homeowners must be practicing Christians, actively affiliated with a church. The federal lawsuit called the ‘Christian persuasion rule’ discriminatory, and a violation of First Amendment rights. Bay View Association is Continue ReadingMI: Bay View Association members vote to revoke rule requiring owners to be Christians

Federal Housing Authority confirms investigation of Michigan HOA for religious discrimination

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A federal lawsuit has prompted an investigation of Bay View Association, a seasonal community in Michigan, whose board recently enacted a policy requiring all of its property owners to be practicing Christians, affiliated with a church. See this AP news release: Feds investigate Michigan resort community that requires homeowners to be of ‘Christian persuasion’ Details previously posted February 12, 2018 First Amendment, Fair Housing, & Civil Rights: Can Continue ReadingFederal Housing Authority confirms investigation of Michigan HOA for religious discrimination