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

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)

City Councilman objects to his own developer-controlled HOA

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Today’s post reveals another reason for the waning popularity of HOA-governed communities: Local politicians now have their very own HOA-horror stories to tell. After decades of local governments blessing or mandating HOA-governed common interest communities, it was just a matter of time before the politicians got caught in the snares of their own dysfunctional communities. Owners have no say in Lake Forest HOA Hebron, Ohio city councilman Wayne Continue ReadingCity Councilman objects to his own developer-controlled HOA

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)