Retired residents suffer under leadership of dysfunctional condo HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Reports of HOA leaders making poor decisions just keep on coming. Today’s examples: a California board’s inaction leads to preventable accident; a Colorado HOA’s impulsive decision leaves residents in the cold; an Iowa condo board and its insurance contractors botch a post-fire reconstruction project.   California — HOA refused to remove dangerous tree. Then it destroyed the home of a retired Veteran and his wife. Beginning in 1996, Lela Continue ReadingRetired residents suffer under leadership of dysfunctional condo HOAs

Her dream condo was flooded by storm water — 4 feet deep

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities People don’t often think about flooding in landlocked neighborhoods, nowhere near a river or ocean. But storm water floods can cause a heap of damage, as Bonnie Miles, a retired Veteran in Roanoke, Virginia, recently learned. Miles was a first time home buyer as of September 1, 2018. When the remnants of Hurricane Michael dumped heavy rainfall in Virginia on October 11, four feet of flood waters destroyed Miles’ Continue ReadingHer dream condo was flooded by storm water — 4 feet deep

Will County help HOA homeowners prevent floods?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homebuyers often assume that when they buy a home in a new subdivision, it’s unlikely to flood. But there’s increasing evidence that new construction isn’t floodproof. Pace residents look for answers on stormwater drainage issues in Ashley Plantation Anne Delaney, Pensacola News Journal Published 6:06 a.m. CT Sept. 28, 2018 | Updated 6:22 a.m. CT Sept. 28, 2018 Flooding in a small area of a large Pace subdivision captured Continue ReadingWill County help HOA homeowners prevent floods?

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 the photos taken by Civil Beat, several homes were built in cul-de-sacs, with back yards at the foot of steep Continue ReadingAfter a mudslide in this Hawaii community, HOA members assessed $3,900