Arizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What can homeowners do about short-term rental homes causing nuisances in their neighborhoods? In Arizona, not much. Short-term rentals are a hot trend in Arizona and across the U.S. Believe it or not, taking on lodgers for vacation rentals or special events is no longer limited to condominiums. Owners of single family homes have discovered a healthy market for families and larger groups of people willing to pay Continue ReadingArizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

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PA attorney suspended for “abusing the court system” with condo lawsuits

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently suspended an attorney for misrepresenting his client by filing multiple baseless lawsuits against a condominium association.   It’s common knowledge that suing one’s homeowners or condo association is akin to a David vs. Goliath battle. State law skews in favor of the mandatory membership associations, and an HOA benefits from its collective resources, including a sizable pool of money from assessments and fees. That seemingly Continue ReadingPA attorney suspended for “abusing the court system” with condo lawsuits

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)

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