HOA Issue #1: Anyone can sue an HOA, and it can cost homeowners millions

Jury ruled Lamplight Village at Centennial Springs HOA should pay $20 million to Plaintiff in personal injury lawsuit involving playground equipment By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Many housing consumers don’t understand the hidden risks of buying into a mandatory membership homeowners,’ property owners,’ condominium, or cooperative association. One substantial risk is that owners and shareholders assume financial liability for legal expenses of their association, whether the HOA sues or finds itself as a Continue ReadingHOA Issue #1: Anyone can sue an HOA, and it can cost homeowners millions

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Lawsuit: HabiJax, City shift blame for problems at Fairway Oaks

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two years after Fairway Oaks HOA filed a lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville and HabiJax, there’s still no relief in sight for homeowners. In yet another move to dismiss the lawsuit, the City blames several other parties for current conditions at the affordable housing complex. Those other parties include the former landowners of the site, the homeowners association, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Housing and Continue ReadingLawsuit: HabiJax, City shift blame for problems at Fairway Oaks

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 repairs to her condo, even though Young wasn’t at fault for the damages. The official notice was written by Yelin Continue ReadingAfter negative media attention, condo association has change of heart

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 association, South Preserve II of Waterside Village, for permission to add a radon mitigation system in their rented condo unit, Continue ReadingHow should Florida condo associations deal with radon?