After the fire: a reality check for condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Multifamily housing may seem to provide a low-maintenance lifestyle, an a more affordable alternative to owning or leasing a detached single family home. But, in fact, attached housing can cost more to maintain and insure in the long run. Plus, attached walls and stacked housing units create increased risk of fire, resulting in property damage, personal injury, and even fatalities. Condominium and homeowner associations present a higher risk for Continue ReadingAfter the fire: a reality check for condo owners

Condo owners take up rooftop gardening (IL)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Rooftop gardens are relatively new additions to condominium and cooperative buildings. They are a creative way to add green space, color, and tranquility in the middle of a dense urban or suburban setting. Usually, if a condominium building has a communal garden or park on the roof, the association’s management company hires a landscape contractor to maintain them. But one Park Ridge (Illinois) condo association decided to fire their Continue ReadingCondo owners take up rooftop gardening (IL)

Oakwood HOA faces lawsuit filed by parents of shooting victims

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On May 27 (2018), according to local reports, four teens fired gunshots into the Clubhouse in the Oakwood subdivision in Lakeland, Tennessee, wounding three teenagers attending the party. A resident and member of Oakwood HOA says she rented the Clubhouse for a Sweet 16 birthday party for her goddaughter. Family members say they were chaperoning the party, and began turning people away shortly after 10 P.M. Witnesses say that four Continue ReadingOakwood HOA faces lawsuit filed by parents of shooting victims

Florida condo HOA, management company must pay $5M to victim of snake bite

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Silver Shores Master Association, Miramar, Florida and KW Property Management recently reached a $5 million settlement agreement with Plaintiff Patricia Young, a former resident of the condominium association in Broward County. According to Local 10 News and other sources linked below, Young was stepping outside to her back yard one day in 2015, when a poisonous water moccasin bit her toe. The reptile had been hiding in the Continue ReadingFlorida condo HOA, management company must pay $5M to victim of snake bite