HOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Nov. 11, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Religious discrimination costly for condo association; owners hit with huge special assessments; no solutions in sight for HOA community plagued by sinkholes or condominiums threatened by beach erosion; jury orders bad neighbor to pay $1M to condo association; another condo association near death. New Jersey HOA must pay legal fees for religious discrimination/fair housing lawsuit   A group of Orthodox Jewish residents of the Enclave at the Fairways (Lakewood) Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Nov. 11, 2019)

HOA, condo state laws change homeowner rights (Nov. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com California provides increased protection against housing discrimination for military families; Florida considers bill to rein in power of CDDs to create new bond obligations for homeowners; Hawaii reverses course on condo owner protection from nonjudicial foreclosure.   California Housing providers cannot discriminate due to Veteran, military status SB 222 makes it a violation of civil rights to engage in housing discrimination based upon Veteran or military status, offering Continue ReadingHOA, condo state laws change homeowner rights (Nov. 2019)

HOA rules vs. human compassion

Rules restrictions hand written

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Let’s face it. Most people hate rules, especially picky and petty HOA rules. But a few people love them, and will go out of their way to strictly enforce them, No Matter What. And sometimes — maybe most of the time — it takes a cold-hearted soul without compassion to enforce HOA rules. In the month of September, local news stations aired three examples of the cruel reality Continue ReadingHOA rules vs. human compassion

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)