HOA lawsuits – personal stories, homeowner challenges

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com When things go wrong with your HOA, can you find justice in court? Lots of homeowners think they can — until they’re knee-deep in a long, drawn-out lawsuit. I’m not an attorney. However, over the past 7 years, I have been reading legal complaints, case summaries, and generally following the progress of legal disputes in HOA-Governed Housing. This updated repost summarizes the challenges homeowners face in fighting their Continue ReadingHOA lawsuits – personal stories, homeowner challenges

Notable HOA Lawsuits (Summer 2019)

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities New and former board members fight over access to records, a condo owner sues HOA over denial of radon mitigation, a CDD declares bankruptcy, and more. Former HOA board members sue their own HOA According to a FoxNews report from West Houston, there’s trouble brewing in Clayton Woods subdivision. Last year, some new board members took over, only to learn that their HOA was deep in debt with almost Continue ReadingNotable HOA Lawsuits (Summer 2019)

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