Condominium HOA dysfunction roundup (October 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This month: U.S. and Canadian condo owners embroiled in litigation with developers; several condo complexes (still) plagued by defects and shoddy construction; another run-down, unsafe condo complex in the Sunshine State; un-permitted Vancouver condo renovation causes problems for neighboring unit owners. Missouri Owners can’t sell condos with temporary occupancy permits Readers might recall my previous IAC post: Kansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, Continue ReadingCondominium HOA dysfunction roundup (October 2019)

Chicago man with “anger” issues charged with murder of 5 condo neighbors

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com What’s behind the alarming trend of violence in HOA-governed communities? This Saturday, the news of a mass shooting in a Chicago condo complex shocked residents of the quiet Dunning neighborhood. Here’s what IAC has learned from various local reports of the horrific incident, which left 5 people dead.   The shooter, a former condo association President, has a history of “anger issues” Chicago Police Department have arrested Krysztof Continue ReadingChicago man with “anger” issues charged with murder of 5 condo neighbors

Notable HOA lawsuits (September 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com   From construction defects to wrongful death claims to Fifth Amendment “takings” lawsuits, this month’s post highlights HOA lawsuits that run the gamut.   Texas homeowners stuck with malfunctioning HOA septic system Imagine building your dream home, expecting to be connected to a public waste water system, only to find out the developer built an on-site sewage facility (OSSF) instead. And, according to a lawsuit filed by residents Continue ReadingNotable HOA lawsuits (September 2019)

HOA members, including a deputy, school board member, accused of texting pornography

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating criminal activity among residents of an upscale planned HOA community in Cumming, Georgia. The allegations include unlawful surveillance, computer theft, trespassing, invasion of privacy, terroristic threats and pornography. These are the shocking complaints filed against 8 residents of Pleasant Manor Estates Homeowners’ Association, Cumming, Georgia. One of suburban Altanta’s newest communities, Pleasant Manor Estates consists of stately homes priced roughly between $300,000 to Continue ReadingHOA members, including a deputy, school board member, accused of texting pornography