HOAs from the Dark Side

HOA conflict fight

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of un-neigbhorly association-governed communities in the U.S. Image credit: https://todaytesting dot com Resident receives mean-spirited anonymous letter: Strongsville Police Blotter Updated Sep 20, 1:52 PM; Posted Sep 20, 7:34 AM By John Benson, special to cleveland.com STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Suspicious situation, Lakeview Circle: On Sept. 10, a Lakeview Circle resident came to the police station to report that someone had written a nasty letter, which was delivered Continue ReadingHOAs from the Dark Side

Pocono area HOA uses message board to shame non-paying neighbors (PA)

No money empty pockets poor

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The real estate industry doesn’t often disclose one of the dirty little secrets about association-governed communities: an increasing number of once thriving communities are in serious financial trouble. One example is Pine Ridge. Its homeowners’ association governs a private community located in Lehman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania.  According to a 2016 report in the Pocono Record, “2,729 individuals live in the community that has 1,121 housing units.” At that time, according Continue ReadingPocono area HOA uses message board to shame non-paying neighbors (PA)

HOA President gets probation for breaking into home of neighborhood resident

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

Disturbing reports of violence crime in private communities By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities There’s no guarantee that a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association will be either safe or friendly. That point is clearly illustrated by events reported at a Natrona County, Wyoming, housing subdivision. Last November, according to reports and court records, HOA board President Wade Curtis Miller got drunk and went on a rampage against Brandt Loepp, a tenant renting a home on Continue ReadingHOA President gets probation for breaking into home of neighborhood resident

Oakwood HOA faces lawsuit filed by parents of shooting victims

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On May 27 (2018), according to local reports, four teens fired gunshots into the Clubhouse in the Oakwood subdivision in Lakeland, Tennessee, wounding three teenagers attending the party. A resident and member of Oakwood HOA says she rented the Clubhouse for a Sweet 16 birthday party for her goddaughter. Family members say they were chaperoning the party, and began turning people away shortly after 10 P.M. Witnesses say that four Continue ReadingOakwood HOA faces lawsuit filed by parents of shooting victims