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

Good news: HOA, local contractors, repair mold-infested condo for FL woman

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Happy endings to condo HOA horror stories are rare. It’s refreshing to see good news, for a change. Investigative reporter Karla Ray, WFTV, happily reports that One Thousand Oaks condo association is working with several local contractors to repair Judy Young’s condo, at no cost to her. You might recall two previous IAC posts about Young’s black mold-infested condo. The 72-year-old woman is a survivor of brain surgery. Because Continue ReadingGood news: HOA, local contractors, repair mold-infested condo for FL woman

Smoking, marijuana, and your condo HOA

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Marijuana legalization in some states has created an even stronger push to make apartment and condo buildings smoke free. Smoke and odor from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes — whether tobacco or marijuana — causes several problems in multifamily housing. Foul odors. Health risks from breathing in second-hand smoke. Smoke stained walls, ceilings, and floor coverings. Ashes and cigarette butts to clean up and dispose of. Increased risk of fire, Continue ReadingSmoking, marijuana, and your condo HOA

2 HOAs deal with Canyon Country landslides (CA)

Site of Canyon country landslide California

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 5 homes now yellow-tagged due to landslide About two weeks ago, several Santa Clarita homeowners noticed their back yards began to break apart and slide downhill. Two homes on Terri Drive in American Beauty Classics were yellow-tagged, and several other homeowners in The Trestles were notified of the problem. Then more rain poured into Canyon Country, making the landslide bigger and more dangerous. Three homes in The Trestles — Continue Reading2 HOAs deal with Canyon Country landslides (CA)