Homeowners fight over money: $6K HOA special assessment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here we go again, with yet another HOA fight over money . The HOA board for Lincolnshire, a subdivision in Mission, Kansas, recently proposed a $6,000 special assessment to repair roofs, gutters, and chimney caps on its 33 townhouses. But under protest of homeowners, that proposal was rejected by the …

UPDATE: NJ Condo owners facing $3M assessment elect new board

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Dec. 12, 2018 According to recent reports from the North Jersey Record, Brittany Chase Condominium owners elected two new board members, and scored a victory for transparency. Gerard O'Neill and Francine Ritter replaced incumbents Jack Boydell and Linda DiMezza. Boydell and DiMezza were the board members behind a …

Owners with no HOA, public sewer, face $11,404 tax assessment

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Owners of twenty estate homes in the Greenbrook Manor subdivision, located in the Village of River Hills, recently learned they might have to pay a $11,404 special tax assessment to the city, to pay for a new sewer lift pump. No, Greenbrook Manor is not a planned community, and …

Condo owners forced to shower in trailers for months, then pay thousands for gas-to-electric conversion

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The story of Georgetown Condominium, located near Green Hill, Tennessee, shatters the condo owner’s dream of a low-maintenance, carefree, and affordable lifestyle. The horror story began in June, when Lindsay Bramson and the WSMV I-4 team reported that a dangerous gas leak. That prompted Piedmont Gas company to shut off …

$3M HOA assessment looming for NJ condo owners

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The North Jersey Record reports that a Wayne, New Jersey, condominium association is facing a huge special assessment, because the foundations of two of its 395 condos are failing. Several homes in the compact Brittany Chase Condo community are built into a steep slope. Two attached homes in on …

After a mudslide in this Hawaii community, HOA members assessed $3,900

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Many owners of property in association-governed communities have a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of "common interest."   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today's feature article about special assessments features mudslide-plagued Launani Valley in Mililani, Hawaii. The community of more than 800 homes was originally established in 1992-1993. As the reader can see in …

CA: homeowners must pay $2,600 to fix neglected balconies

If they can’t pay, Louis Park Estates Condo Association owners could lose their homes to foreclosure by By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Another week, another report of condo owners facing thousands of dollars in urgently needed repairs. Louis Park Condominiums in Stockton, California, is a 200-home common interest community of modestly-priced units constructed in the …

The dreaded condo HOA special assessment (FL)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities If you own a condominium that is at least 25 to 30 years old, it probably requires some major renovation. Typically, after about three decades of normal wear and tear, a housing complex will need a one of more of the following: a new roof, replacement of windows or …

NC homeowners association cannot afford to repair or pave their private road

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few dozen owners of modest manufactured homes along Greenfield Rd., Supply, North Carolina, have a dilemma. You see, Greenfield Rd. is unpaved and privately maintained by the homeowners’ association (HOA). A bit of internet research reveals that Woodside Farms Two is a small rural community established almost two …

The myth of affordable, low maintenance, carefree condo living

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sales agents, developers, and management industry trade groups have been marketing condominiums as affordable housing, designed for residents who don’t have the time or the inclination to worry about many home maintenance tasks. But condo buyers, and even tenants need to recognize that condo living is not always as …