This week in HOA-ville: deferred condo maintenance, HOA lawsuits, and $500 recurring fines

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (debgoonan@icloud.com) From negligence to abuse of power, highlights of recent reports on HOA life in the U.S.   HOA lawsuit, deferred maintenance make these North Myrtle Beach condos a tough sell (South Carolina) Tilghman Beach and Racquet (condo) Association has been embroiled in a lawsuit for the past three years. A group of seven owners of vacation condos is suing the HOA board, claiming the representatives of the association Continue ReadingThis week in HOA-ville: deferred condo maintenance, HOA lawsuits, and $500 recurring fines

What’s happening in HOAville this week? (July 20)

This week: Homeowners deal with rattlesnakes; retirees face threat of losing their condos in a deconversion; developer builds condos just for Airbnb; townhouse owners plagued by clogged storm drains Continue ReadingWhat’s happening in HOAville this week? (July 20)

Why can’t City help homeowners in developer controlled HOA?

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Homeowners in the Pine Grove subdivision in Stockbridge, Georgia are so fed up with their developer-controlled HOA, they lined up to complain to their City Council at a June meeting. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com.      Construction began in the Pine Grove subdivision a few years before the 2008 recession, when the original developer, Knight Builders, declared bankruptcy. According to a report in the Henry Herald, several different real estate investment groups Continue ReadingWhy can’t City help homeowners in developer controlled HOA?

HOA living comes with many unexpected costs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners may think their HOA fees cover all costs to maintain the common property. But, as these three recent reports illustrate, that’s not always the case. A Florida HOA won’t pay for wildlife control, a Colorado condo association takes more than a week to repair common water lines, and an Arizona HOA hits up owners to pay to rebuild the wall surrounding the private community.   Vultures descend on Continue ReadingHOA living comes with many unexpected costs