PA Developers appeal N Strabane Twp 2018 Grading Ordinance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a report in the Observer-Reporter, two developers of planned housing developments in Washington County, Pa., have filed appeals to North Strabane Township’s “Amended Grading and Ordinance of 2018.” Last year, the Township updated its ordinance after a slope failure in the Majestic Hills development led to a catastrophic landslide and demolition of three relatively new homes. The incident led several homeowners to file a lawsuit against the Continue ReadingPA Developers appeal N Strabane Twp 2018 Grading Ordinance

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Andrea’s HOA battle is over. What now?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some of my readers know that, on January 31, advocates for rights of HOA residents lost another voice. Andrea Barnes died at the age of 46, leaving behind her husband, her parents, three children, other family members and friends. Andrea’s HOA dispute began in connection with her diagnosis of Meniere’s Disease, a disorder of the inner ear that causes problems with balance, constant ringing in the ears, and unpredictable Continue ReadingAndrea’s HOA battle is over. What now?

HOA sues homeowner over 6-ft fence around his pool

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA lawsuits often arise from petty rules. And sometimes HOA rules defy common sense and threaten public safety. That’s the case for Murray Randall from Wentzville, Missouri. Randall lives in Peine Lakes Estates, where he owns a spacious home with a backyard swimming pool, surrounded by a six-foot tall vinyl fence. Peine Lakes HOA requires approval for all exterior improvements, including installation of fences. The problem is, Randall decided Continue ReadingHOA sues homeowner over 6-ft fence around his pool

Virginia family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against HOA, Security company, and guard

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week, attorney John R. Fletcher, Tavss Fletcher, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of The Estate of Jiansheng Chen. You may recall that Chen was fatally shot 5 times by a City Wide security guard, Jonathan Cromwell, on the night of January 26, 2017. Chen’s family says he was in his vehicle parked, playing Pokémon Go, on common property near the clubhouse of River Walk Association, when Continue ReadingVirginia family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against HOA, Security company, and guard