Is solution on the horizon for Sinking Millennium Tower Condo?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     According to a recent report in Business Insider, homeowners are in mediation with developer Millennium Partners and “other parties,” discussing a possible fix to correct a noticeable tilt in San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Condominium. That proposed fix involves driving dozens of structural piles through the tower’s foundation …

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When is a flood zone not a flood zone? Riverstone owners sue HOA developer

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts continue in southeastern Texas. Now that waters have receded, clean up and damage assessment is well underway. Homeowners and residents wonder what went wrong. Yesterday, I wrote about widespread flooding in Cinco Ranch, which caused failure of a sewage treatment plant. Today's report from KTRK …

Florida HOAs dealing with hardship and damage following Hurricane Irma

Homeowners and residents are picking up the pieces after Irma barreled through the entire state of Florida. Damage is widespread throughout the Sunshine State. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After Hurricane Irma: Singer Island condo condemned; people scramble Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 6:16 p.m Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 A wall …

Koller Pointe HOA threatens lawsuit against developer

Homeowners frustrated with unfinished public improvements By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Koller Pointe is a 140-unit planned community of new construction single family homes selling for around $350,000. The first custom built homes were sold in 2006. But since the real estate market crashed in 2007-2008, remaining lots have been slow to sell. Bobby Jackson, …

IL condo owner board alleges fraud, failure to disclose construction defects

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I have said it before, and I will say it again. Modern association-governed communities are created by and for real estate developers and their affiliated investor stakeholders. Not only are the governing documents written to the clear legal and economic advantage of the Declarant, but state laws also enable …

City, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   If you are in the market for a new or recently renovated home or condo, view the following reports first. Word is beginning to spread across the country, with an epidemic of poor design and shoddy construction, especially prevalent in condominium projects and all types of planned communities …

Condo owners bring personal injury lawsuit after balcony collapse

OHIO - Suit alleges defective construction, negligent management leads to deck collapse By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As reported by ABC 6 and documented in a legal complaint filed in July, Hayden Run Condo Association was made aware of a previous deck collapse in the community sometime prior to 2010, but did nothing to …

Poinciana: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Residents of Poinciana, a Census Designated Place governed by one of the country's largest homeowner associations, were hopeful that a recent Arbitrator's order to conduct a new election would result in more homeowner representation on their Village and Master Association boards. Those hopes were crushed on August 1st, when …

Struggling Golf Courses spark complaints from HOA communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   An oversupply of golf courses, many of then integrated into planned communities, has led to hundreds of golf business owners deciding to sell and move on. But what will become of former golf course land?     Will the circle be unbroken: Walden Lake golf course gets a trim, …

Why do cities allow construction of condos, homes over abandoned underground mines?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (IAC) It seems that about once a week I read at least one report of relatively new homes or condos built upon land that presents some kind of hazard. In Eastern Ohio, the sudden collapse of an abandoned mine shaft presents one possible safety hazard, not to mention extensive …