3 common sense solutions to HOA parking shortages

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Parking shortages are a common problem in HOA-governed communities, causing inconvenience, and serious problems for pedestrians and the disabled. A reader from San Diego, recently contacted me about my previous post Should your HOA have the right to inspect your garage? In that August 28 post, I wrote about the Eastlake Trails and Eastlake Woods neighborhoods. Consisting of hundreds of homes, both Chula Vista HOA-governed communities face the challenge Continue Reading3 common sense solutions to HOA parking shortages

Dysfunction in HOA-ville USA (November 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Today’s HOA news roundup highlights a persistent pattern of negligent HOAs and bitter conflict between owner-occupants and investor-owners. Plus, an HOA attorney urges board members to regulate speech on social media. Colorado Why did it take 6 months for this HOA to repair this resident’s kitchen? Sometimes, a little intervention from your local TV investigative reporter gets your HOA to take action. Imagine living with an unusable kitchen Continue ReadingDysfunction in HOA-ville USA (November 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Nov. 11, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Religious discrimination costly for condo association; owners hit with huge special assessments; no solutions in sight for HOA community plagued by sinkholes or condominiums threatened by beach erosion; jury orders bad neighbor to pay $1M to condo association; another condo association near death. New Jersey HOA must pay legal fees for religious discrimination/fair housing lawsuit   A group of Orthodox Jewish residents of the Enclave at the Fairways (Lakewood) Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Nov. 11, 2019)

4 risks for homeowners in developer-controlled HOA communities

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com According to Census data, 3 out of 4 new homes in the U.S. are built in HOA-governed communities. Home buyers are not always aware that each new HOA community is controlled by a real estate developer, and that control often lasts for many years. The HOA industry and home builder trade groups claim that developer control is necessary until most of the lots or units in a common Continue Reading4 risks for homeowners in developer-controlled HOA communities