Who’s suing the HOA now? (Jan 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s collection of lawsuits filed against HOAs includes Fair Housing Act violations, condo residents made ill due to mold in the common areas, and a homeowner’s request to de-annex his home from the HOA.   Florida Suit Against Association for Emotional Support Animal Denial Sends Message to Fla. Condos, HOAs These new policies and signs have raised awareness of the perceived abuse of ESAs by people trying to Continue ReadingWho’s suing the HOA now? (Jan 2019)

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HOA Issue #3: HOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many times I hear from homeowners that they purchased their townhouse or condo so that they would not have to mow the lawn, shovel snow, and maintain trees and shrubs on their property. But buying into a low-maintenance association-governed community has its down side. For one thing, a homeowner loses control over when, how, or even IF the landscape that surrounds them is maintained. Ask Penny Armstrong, an Austin Continue ReadingHOA Issue #3: HOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

HOA Issue #6: It’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In legislative sessions across the U.S., states consider bills intended to rein in abuse and corruption of a virtually unregulated HOA, condo industry. As explained in a previous post Recipe for HOA abuse: too much power, no accountability, across the nation, housing consumers are fed up with HOA bully boards, often driven by predatory management agents and community association attorneys, all under the guise of “protecting property values.” In Continue ReadingHOA Issue #6: It’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

Tell your Mayor and Planning Commission – stop force feeding HOAs

Home buyers: Don’t want to pay HOA fees on top of property taxes? Not interested in private community amenities and the rules that come along with them? Prefer to choose your own contractor to provide landscape and exterior maintenance? Ask your Realtor to show you single family homes with no HOA. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Millennials now represent the largest share of home buyers in the U.S. But the real estate industry Continue ReadingTell your Mayor and Planning Commission – stop force feeding HOAs