HOA news updates — security cameras and sinkholes

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities June 2019 — Former HOA private security guard sentenced to 30 years for murder in shooting incident. Crews stabilize an landslide and work on temporary fix for massive sinkhole threatening a condo building. Homeowners and civil rights groups speak out against License Plate Reader cameras monitoring HOA gates. Former HOA private security guard sentenced to 30 years in prison on murder charges (VA) Two years ago, a former Citywide Continue ReadingHOA news updates — security cameras and sinkholes

Like city government, HOAs impose abusive fines and fees

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Housing consumer advocates have spent the past several years exposing abusive fines and fees imposed by homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. Unfortunately, most advocacy groups ignore HOA abuse, even though it closely mirrors the behavior of some oppressive local government leaders. Local governments have long had the authority to impose fines for violations of health and safety codes. But recent trends reveal that city and county leaders are enacting Continue ReadingLike city government, HOAs impose abusive fines and fees

HOA study shows link between prejudice and ‘weak’ local government

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Over the weekend there’s been some internet buzz about a newly released study on homeowners associations in the United States. The study, The rise and effects of homeowners associations, by Wyatt Clarke and Matthew Freedman, uses information technology and a mathematical algorithm to pinpoint HOA member homes across the United States. Their comprehensive data analysis points to some unsurprising conclusions. HOA communities tend to be racially exclusive, and HOAs are Continue ReadingHOA study shows link between prejudice and ‘weak’ local government

HOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (April/May 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Spring highlights: Fair Housing Act violations, important HOA priority lien opinions, reversal of an Idaho jury decision, and more proof that HOAs and developers must abide by their own governing documents.   HOA, CC&Rs cannot banish Adult Foster Care home from community Unpublished opinion, State of Michigan Court of Appeals Appellate Court rules that Michigan HOAs cannot use deed restrictions on use of property to exclude certain Adult Group Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (April/May 2019)