Homes threatened by soil erosion in North Texas HOA subdivision

Retaining wall stone

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners in a Fort Worth planned community say that soil erosion is causing their yards to sink, and sliding downhill each time it rains. NBC DFW visited Glen Eden, and spoke with HOA President Terrence Watson, who says that 20 homes in the subdivision are affected by earth movement. Video coverage shows clear evidence of erosion, failing retaining walls, and fences tearing apart at the seams. Glen Eden is Continue ReadingHomes threatened by soil erosion in North Texas HOA subdivision

HOA condo legislation updates (CO, HI, IA, TX, MI, May 2019)

Law legislative legislature forum

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Selected highlights of legislation. Subjects: HOA manager licensing (Colorado); proxies in condo association elections (Hawaii); construction defects “right to cure” (Iowa); MRTA changes and HOA lien status in tax sale foreclosures (Michigan); limiting the HOA developer control period (Texas). Colorado HOA, condo manager licensing statute extended In May, the Governor approved HB19-1212, which extends the sunset date for HOA management licensing through August 31, 2020. Stan Hrincevich of the Continue ReadingHOA condo legislation updates (CO, HI, IA, TX, MI, May 2019)

CT condo homeowners plead for help with their crumbling foundations

Crumbling foundation repair Lakeview Condo CT

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For the past three years, I’ve been following the crisis of crumbling concrete foundations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Debra MacCoy of Vernon, CT, and several other condo owners recently contacted me, and shared important details about the dilemmas and special challenges they face, as owners of condos and homes in common interest communities. The problem — defective concrete leads to crumbling foundations Dozens of towns in Connecticut and Continue ReadingCT condo homeowners plead for help with their crumbling foundations

CT ‘captive’ insurance assistance for HOA, condo homeowners with crumbling foundations

Cracked concrete foundation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For several years, IAC has been following the epidemic of crumbling concrete foundations in Connecticut. Many of the homes are part of a PUD (planned unit development with an HOA) or condominium, where two or more units share the same foundation. The cost to replace failing concrete foundations is massive — often as much or more than the home is worth. State legislators continue to find solutions for Continue ReadingCT ‘captive’ insurance assistance for HOA, condo homeowners with crumbling foundations