By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In past decade or so, real estate developers and investors started targeting private and common interest community housing to specific groups of buyers, based upon religious background. But, is it legal under U.S. Fair Housing Act of 1968? The answer, it appears, is not obvious. Joppatowne, MD lawsuits focus on alleged Muslim-only community For example, in October of 2017, Faheem Younus, developer of River Run, made national headlines when Continue ReadingHas the HOA community association created a new vision for Fair Housing?
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)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: a Vermont court upholds homeowner obligations to pay for common maintenance. Other case law clarifies property and fair housing rights of homeowners. Owner Responsible For Share Of Costs To Maintain Subdivision Facilities (VT) by Husch Blackwell LLP Holding: The Supreme Court of Vermont held that a homeowners association, as assignee from the developer, could charge lot owners for its reasonable costs to maintain the subdivision private roads Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op case law and litigation highlights (Dec. 2018)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Periodically, IAC provides updates on previously covered HOA news. This post provides three updates: Status of Florida homeowners and HOAs waiting for KB Homes to honor their multimillion dollar out-of-court settlement involving improperly applied stucco Update on Illinois homeowners who were pressured into forming an HOA to take back two retention ponds that were sold at a tax deed sale Fair Hosing court win for Idaho homeowner Jeremy Morris, Continue ReadingHOA controversy updates (November 2018)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is America a nation divided by homeowners’ associations (HOAs)? Stakeholders in the real estate industry are fond of promoting association-governed common interest developments as utopian neighborhoods with a “sense of community.” You’ve probably seen the commercials for lushly landscaped planned subdivisions and villages, right? The ones that show happy, healthy active adults biking, playing golf, or eating sushi together. Or maybe you’re still working and raising children. You might Continue ReadingNot-so-United States: a nation divided by HOAs