MD HOA legislation would change homeowner property rights (March 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Highlights of important bills (2019 session) affecting the rights of owners of property in homeowners and condominium associations in Maryland. Strengthening the right of condominium council of unit owners to sue developer Cross-filed bills would void certain language inserted in Declarations and Bylaws by developers, which have the effect of preventing lawsuits against the developer for breach of implied warranties. The bill applies to condominium associations only. In Maryland, Continue ReadingMD HOA legislation would change homeowner property rights (March 2019)

HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Today’s post is a Buyer Beware message. Unless you’re viewing a home near a recreational lake — a real lake used for boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports — that ornamental “lake” is nothing more than a retention pond. Its primary purpose is to collect stormwater runoff for environmental Continue ReadingHOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

Kansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, broken promises

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Kansas City condo owners say that the developer of Park Reserve left them with fire code violations, broken promises, unpaid fees, and a building that’s falling apart. Last month, Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) inspectors discovered problems with the fire protection system — low water pressure in their fire sprinklers and non-working alarms. For the past month, owners have been waiting for developer, Wayne Reeder, to make repairs. Continue ReadingKansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, broken promises

Landslide threatens homes in two HOAs in Santa Clarita (CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two homes have been yellow-tagged and several residents in two HOA-governed communities are on high alert, due to an unexplained landslide in Canyon Country, California. Homeowners speculate that recent heavy rainfall may have triggered the earth movement, which began Monday. By Friday, homeowners of two Terri Drive homes were advised to evacuate, pending a geological investigation of structural damage and the cause of the landslide. CBSLA reports that several Continue ReadingLandslide threatens homes in two HOAs in Santa Clarita (CA)