HOA power plays turn ugly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two recent reports highlight ugly HOA wars, power plays resulting in threats, discrimination, aggression, and downright hostility.   Mayor makes angry threats in HOA dispute (FL) In states such as Florida, where the majority of housing is HOA-governed, it’s not uncommon to live in the same neighborhood as local or state politicians. Understandably, it can get a bit awkward when the Mayor of your city lives down the street, Continue ReadingHOA power plays turn ugly

30 years later, HOA brings back street parking ban

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A buyer should always read and review the Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions, (CC&Rs), plus additional rules and regulations, before closing on the sale of a home in an HOA-governed community. If you don’t think you can live with the CC&Rs and written standards, then you’re better off walking away from a sale agreement. But what if you can see that the HOA does not enforce certain rules? And Continue Reading30 years later, HOA brings back street parking ban

Family of child killed in gang shooting sues Las Vegas HOA

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s a heartbreaking story that began last November, in the Traditions community in North Las Vegas. Eleven-year old Angelina Erives was sitting at the kitchen table with her family, when suspected gang members fired multiple gunshots into her home. Angelina’s mother, Anabel Sarabia, quickly pulled her three children under the table. Sadly, one of the bullets hit Angelina. Anabel, her husband, Alberto Sarabia, and Angelina’s two sisters, Dayanara Erives Continue ReadingFamily of child killed in gang shooting sues Las Vegas HOA

HOA legal abuse runs amuck in Indiana

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s official. Homeowners Associations have run amuck, deep in America’s Heartland. Two recent investigative reports of HOA nightmares hail from Carmel and Noblesville, Indiana. And, oddly enough, it appears both HOAs work with the same law firm, Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel. Kara Kenney of RTV-6 reports that 970,000 Hoosiers live in HOA-governed housing. And those HOAs have filed 3,645 lawsuits in the past 18 months alone. RTV also reports that a “handful Continue ReadingHOA legal abuse runs amuck in Indiana