How HOAs abuse power to impose fines

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Another week, another report of HOA lunacy. The latest story comes from Seven Oaks Property Owners Association (SOPOA) in Wesley Chapel, Florida. According to a report by Kendra Conlon, WTSP, SOPOA’s management company Associa, working with an attorney from Bush Ross, is now threatening to foreclose on the … More How HOAs abuse power to impose fines

Condo to hotel conversion a bad deal for 20% of FL unit owners

Minority investor-owners’ investments turn sour, full-time residents are displaced. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   People buy condo units for several different reasons. Some buyers purchase a unit in a condominium with the intention of making it their primary home. Other buyers may intend to live in their condo full-time or seasonally upon retirement, … More Condo to hotel conversion a bad deal for 20% of FL unit owners

Does court victory for home builders create more risk for condo owners?

CO Supreme Court decision may please home builders, but can home buyers count on safe, well-built homes?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent Supreme Court decision in Colorado proves, once again, that stakeholders in the real estate industry such as developers and home builders, hold an unfair legal advantage over homeowners. The … More Does court victory for home builders create more risk for condo owners?

Do homeowners experience due process in HOAs?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Following yesterday’s blog, Legislation should limit power of HOAs, a reader sent the following comment: This article raises many important issues and misunderstandings about HOA governance. At the Owner level, far too many Owners do not understand their Governing Documents and their rights and duties under those Governing Documents, particularly … More Do homeowners experience due process in HOAs?

Legislation should limit power of HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities An interesting trend is happening across the U.S. Local media are engaging in investigative reports that highlight the fact that homeowners associations (HOAs) have far too much power. To illustrate, here is a recent report from the state of North Carolina. Homeowners share cautionary tales of HOA nightmares Diane Wilson, … More Legislation should limit power of HOAs

HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – AZ, CO, FL, HI)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed HB2411. The bill amends current Statute with regard to open meetings, recording of meetings by members of the association, and secret ballot requirements. An unrelated amendment was also included – section 33-440, which specifies that property owners may make amendments to a previously recorded declaration … More HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – AZ, CO, FL, HI)

Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

Homeowners fed up with what they say is bully behavior   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s report from KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri, highlights a big problem for many association-governed planned communities: developers that control their new home neighborhoods with an iron fist. According to the report, homeowners in Copperfield Home Owners Association … More Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

Legislative updates April 2017 (AZ, HI, MD)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Arizona Arizona’s legislative session concluded yesterday. Although approved by both houses of the state Legislature, Governor Ducey vetoed HB 2321, a bill that would have prohibited cumulative voting in association-governed communities. Arizona governor vetoes homeowner association voting bill Mar 31, 2017 (The Daily Progress) PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. … More Legislative updates April 2017 (AZ, HI, MD)

Colorado: DR Horton loses another lawsuit, construction defect reform bill advances

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   One HOA in The Conservatory neighborhood of Aurora was recently awarded $13.5 million in arbitration with D.R. Horton. The construction defect claim was for reconstruction of a groundwater underdrain system that has caused basement flooding in the past. D.R. Horton had refused to repair the drainage system, leading … More Colorado: DR Horton loses another lawsuit, construction defect reform bill advances