Will class action lawsuit defeat the HOA culture of corruption?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Buyers of luxury real estate expect a lot for their money. And when they believe they’ve been ripped off, they sometimes sue the responsible party. The Orlando Sentinel just reported that lot owners in Bella Collina of Monteverde (near Clermont), Florida, have filed a proposed class action lawsuit against developer Dwight Schar. According to a news release posted on Bella Collina’s website, Schar is a co-owner of the Washington Redskins, Continue ReadingWill class action lawsuit defeat the HOA culture of corruption?

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Florida condo bills address Grand Jury report and condo terminations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In Florida, more than a dozen bills related to Association Governed Communities have been submitted for consideration this Legislative session. I highlighted a few of them in an earlier blog.  But on the heels of the recent Miami-Dade Grand Jury report, blasting the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) for its ineffectiveness at reining in corruption by enforcing existing condo statutes, two new bills have been filed: HB Continue ReadingFlorida condo bills address Grand Jury report and condo terminations

HOA, Condo Fraud, Theft, Embezzlement Roundup (Feb. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of reports of corruption in common interest, association governed communities. Debt collector pleads guilty to defrauding Lee, Collier HOAs (FL) Published: February 1, 2017 5:38 PM EST WINK News TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A man pleaded guilty to communications fraud for his role in debt collection scam that took at least $56,000 from three homeowners’ associations in Lee and Collier counties. Robert Dana Brown also owed more than $48,000 Continue ReadingHOA, Condo Fraud, Theft, Embezzlement Roundup (Feb. 2017)

How to select ideal HOA, condo, co-op board candidates

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A guide for wannabe HOA community leaders (Satire/Humor) In mandatory association governed communities across the US, members now have the opportunity to elect a board of directors to democratically lead their neighborhoods. Technically, association members might not be electing their board, particularly if the developer still maintains an autocratic hold over the association, appointing all or a majority of its board members. But let’s ignore that inconvenient fact Continue ReadingHow to select ideal HOA, condo, co-op board candidates