Millennium Tower condo HOA submits $100M repair plan to City

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Millennium Tower Association and Mission Street Development have reportedly agreed to a plan to correct a noticeable lean on San Francisco's now-infamous condominium building. The $100 million, 18-month long construction plan would drive 52 concrete piles 250 into the ground to bedrock. Dubbed the 'Perimeter Pile Upgrade,' all of …

PA home builders refuse to fix hundreds of homes with wood rot

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For the past year and a half, local media have been reporting on wood rot nightmares for hundreds of homeowners in southeastern Pennsylvania. (See Action News Troubleshooters investigates growing construction crisis) According to reports, new homes were originally purchased from Toll Brothers, the Cutler Group, Pulte, K. Hovnanian, and …

HOA controversy updates (November 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Periodically, IAC provides updates on previously covered HOA news. This post provides three updates: Status of Florida homeowners and HOAs waiting for KB Homes to honor their multimillion dollar out-of-court settlement involving improperly applied stucco Update on Illinois homeowners who were pressured into forming an HOA to take back …

HOA, condo & co-op case law, litigation highlights (October 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities October 2018 highlights: some state laws won’t apply to your HOA; Associations hiring Private Eyes to collect delinquent dues; owners can’t sue the HOA attorney; California coastal access rights protected; updates to CA law with regard to construction defect lawsuits. Some Florida statutes not retroactive Depending on how their …

Colorado homeowners, HOA going after bankrupt developer

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Homeowners left with flooded back yards, after developer fails to build retaining wall to divert stormwater By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Imagine purchasing a brand new home, but, shortly after you move in, the developer declares bankruptcy and walks away before completing your community’s infrastructure. It happened to homeowners of a Monument, Colorado subdivision. …

After a mudslide in this Hawaii community, HOA members assessed $3,900

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Many owners of property in association-governed communities have a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of "common interest."   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today's feature article about special assessments features mudslide-plagued Launani Valley in Mililani, Hawaii. The community of more than 800 homes was originally established in 1992-1993. As the reader can see in …

Development agreement creates extra expense for HOA, future homeowners

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s featured article highlights problems that occur when local governments engage in poorly thought out contracts with real estate developers, commonly known as developement agreements. Homeowners in McCormick Creek recently learned that they could be legally obligated — via their homeowners’ association — to pay for maintenance of a …

Condo owners mulling cheaper solution to stop Millennium Tower from sinking and tilting

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities San Francisco’s Millennium Tower has gained notoriety for sinking 18-inches into the soil beneath the mammoth structure, causing the building to tilt to one side. For several years, condo owners and the homeowners association have been engaged in legal battles with the developer. Both sides conducted various invasive tests …

Phase 1 POA suing Millville by the Sea Master Association and others

Sand Dollar Village POA says developers cut off services, amenities to homeowners following a 2014 restructuring of the Master Community Association By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In some parts of the U.S., local governments are fond of approving developement plans for large scale common interest communities with thousands of homes and an elaborate array …

Homeowners, residents cope with dysfunctional, abusive HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 90-year-old woman stuck with flooded basement, no A/C for over two months Ameera David 5:59 PM, Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM, Aug 15, 2018 ST. CLAIR SHORES (WXYZ) - A basement in shambles is what 90-year-old Lillian Arnone has to look at every day. The St. Claire Shores homeowner …