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 lawsuits – personal stories, homeowner challenges

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com When things go wrong with your HOA, can you find justice in court? Lots of homeowners think they can — until they’re knee-deep in a long, drawn-out lawsuit. I’m not an attorney. However, over the past 7 years, I have been reading legal complaints, case summaries, and generally following the progress of legal disputes in HOA-Governed Housing. This updated repost summarizes the challenges homeowners face in fighting their Continue ReadingHOA lawsuits – personal stories, homeowner challenges

Homes threatened by soil erosion in North Texas HOA subdivision

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 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)

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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)