Notable HOA lawsuits (September 2019)

Legal gavel lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com   From construction defects to wrongful death claims to Fifth Amendment “takings” lawsuits, this month’s post highlights HOA lawsuits that run the gamut.   Texas homeowners stuck with malfunctioning HOA septic system Imagine building your dream home, expecting to be connected to a public waste water system, only to find out the developer built an on-site sewage facility (OSSF) instead. And, according to a lawsuit filed by residents Continue ReadingNotable HOA lawsuits (September 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Sept 16, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com HOA says officer can park cruiser in driveway after all; condo balcony collapses injure more than a dozen people; dispute between POA/City leaders gets out of hand;  condo association continues to fail; coyotes jump short HOA fence and kill family dog.   Florida HOA reverses course, says police officer can park her cruiser in the driveway In the last HOA news roundup, IAC featured reports about Cross Pointe HOA Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Sept 16, 2019)

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