Development agreement creates extra expense for HOA, future homeowners

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s featured article highlights problems that occur when local governments engage in poorly thought out contracts with real estate developers, commonly known as developement agreements. Homeowners in McCormick Creek recently learned that they could be legally obligated — via their homeowners’ association — to pay for maintenance of a …

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Condo owners mulling cheaper solution to stop Millennium Tower from sinking and tilting

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities San Francisco’s Millennium Tower has gained notoriety for sinking 18-inches into the soil beneath the mammoth structure, causing the building to tilt to one side. For several years, condo owners and the homeowners association have been engaged in legal battles with the developer. Both sides conducted various invasive tests …

Phase 1 POA suing Millville by the Sea Master Association and others

Sand Dollar Village POA says developers cut off services, amenities to homeowners following a 2014 restructuring of the Master Community Association By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In some parts of the U.S., local governments are fond of approving developement plans for large scale common interest communities with thousands of homes and an elaborate array …

Homeowners, residents cope with dysfunctional, abusive HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 90-year-old woman stuck with flooded basement, no A/C for over two months Ameera David 5:59 PM, Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM, Aug 15, 2018 ST. CLAIR SHORES (WXYZ) - A basement in shambles is what 90-year-old Lillian Arnone has to look at every day. The St. Claire Shores homeowner …

Cities can’t deny it: privatized HOA infrastructure not holding up as planned

Putting developers, homeowners in charge of paying for and maintaining private roads and storm water drainage has multiple unintended consequences By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Leland Town Council has their hands full with persistent flooding, for the past several years, in Magnolia Greens subdivision. Magnolia Greens is a well-established golf course community near Wilmington, …

Holding HOAs, developers, and your city government accountable

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sometimes it can be difficult to determine who should be held accountable for addressing community-related complaints.  What would you do, if faced with these dilemmas?   In one New York State community for adults age 55 and better, homeowners are taking their concerns about an unresponsive developer directly to …

NC: After two decades, Sago Bay HOA gets flood relief from New Hanover County

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Hurricane season is well underway, and Sago Bay community in North Carolina was recently flooded by several feet of water — up to 7 feet in some areas — after several days of steady, higher than average rainfall. This wasn’t a hurricane or a named storm. That’s what makes …

Ridiculous HOA rules extend to Palm Coast City code (FL)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The alliance between real estate developers and municipal (or county) government is strong, and status quo for the past 4 decades in Florida has been the privatization of public services by way of homeowners’ associations. Among those services: code enforcement. Palm Coast is a diversely populated Atlantic Coast city, …

Political influence of real estate developers: the heart of the HOA beast

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Real estate developers figured out a long time ago how to exert political influence over government officials and housing policy makers, from the local to the federal levels. For the past three years, IAC has provided more than 1,000 posts citing thousands of references to prove a point: …

Critics say scanning for radioactivity at Hunters Point HOA is nothing more than a PR stunt (CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When land becomes scarce and housing demand is high, city and county governments find it very tempting to redevelop brownfields. A brownfield, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): ...is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence …