After negative media attention, condo association has change of heart

Plumbing pipes wrench leak

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After media attention, good news for Florida woman who couldn’t smell the mold growing in her condo near Orlando. Her association had a change of heart. A few weeks ago WFTV news reported that Judy Young’s condo association invoiced her more than $6,000 to clean up mold and make …

How should Florida condo associations deal with radon?

Radon reduction mitigation system

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent article in the Venice Gondolier Sun shines light on a hidden health hazard in Florida — radon gas. When condo owners discover excessive levels of the cancer-causing gas, they might find their condo associations uncooperative in solving the problem. When Tony and Judy Turlenko asked their condo …

Want some giant roof rats with your condo?

Rat eating food wood log

Resident complains of giant roof rats in her rental condo, management company unresponsive By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In Las Vegas, as in many cities in the U.S., it’s common for condominium owners to lease their units. From a tenant’s perspective, a condo rental unit looks and lives like traditional apartment home. But in …

Condo HOA not helping owners after balconies collapse (KY)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s good to see that local investigative journalists are covering serious condo and HOA issues, including the dangerous collapse of condo balconies. When I first started this website in 2014, TV news reports focused almost exclusively on disputes over flag displays or paint color. While those are common HOA …

Jury: Lowell MA must pay $1.5 M, plus interest, to owners of condos built on top of former garbage dump

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s post is an update to a story IAC has been following since 2016. In 2009, during installation of a drainage system, the Grand Manor Condominium Association discovered contaminated soil surrounding their housing complex. That prompted three years of investigation. The City of Lowell delayed responding at first, then …

HOAs from the Dark Side

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of un-neigbhorly association-governed communities in the U.S. Resident receives mean-spirited anonymous letter: Strongsville Police Blotter Updated Sep 20, 1:52 PM; Posted Sep 20, 7:34 AM By John Benson, special to cleveland.com STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Suspicious situation, Lakeview Circle: On Sept. 10, a Lakeview Circle resident came to …

Homeownership in HOA-ville: is there any real benefit?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week, Shu Bartholomew and I sort out half-truths and illusions surrounding homeownership in the U.S. Do restrictive covenants and homeowners’ associations really protect property values? Are consumers of new homes getting a safe, high quality product? Who truly benefits from the current housing policy? Listen in on the …

Firefighters say newer homes burn faster than old homes

firefighter

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many home buyers prefer the modern features of a new home. They enjoy the comfort and convenience of extra bathrooms, kitchens with new cabinets and appliances, and energy-efficient features. But lately I’ve been seeing some disturbing reports about the quality of some modern building materials. Specifically, three widely used …

Condo owners mulling cheaper solution to stop Millennium Tower from sinking and tilting

Google satellite image of Millennium Tower San Francisco

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities San Francisco’s Millennium Tower has gained notoriety for sinking 18-inches into the soil beneath the mammoth structure, causing the building to tilt to one side. For several years, condo owners and the homeowners association have been engaged in legal battles with the developer. Both sides conducted various invasive tests …

Pasco County says 40-foot wide hole is a depression, not a sinkhole

Sinkhole

Because the subsidence is located on private property, homeowners must file claims with their insurance companies. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Land subsidence and sinkholes have been common in certain parts of Florida for  decades. But is seems as though we’re hearing more about the sudden development of depressions and holes as Florida’s population …