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

Florida HOA board member arrested for firing gun to scare teens out of pool

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Does anyone actually believe the HOA trade group’s PR message that HOAs create a “sense of community?” If so, today’s post might change a few minds. You see, residents of The Village Association in Ormond Beach certainly aren’t feelin’ the love from HOA board member Richard Marcelle. The 66-year old man was arrested earlier this month, on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police Continue ReadingFlorida HOA board member arrested for firing gun to scare teens out of pool

Local media, neighbors help homeowners in violation of HOA, City codes

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  By Deborah Goonan,  Independent American Communities More good news this week, and updates on some earlier posts on IAC. The following three updates remind readers that going public about code violations from your City or HOA often leads to solutions.   Condo residents finally have fire safe building, developer replacing fire alarm system (MO) Last month, as reported on three local television stations, condo residents were taking turns on overnight fire watch, while waiting for Continue ReadingLocal media, neighbors help homeowners in violation of HOA, City codes

Jail time for peeling paint: punitive HOA “values” shape Lancaster’s code enforcement

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When did it become a crime to be retired and poor? Or working poor? Or an older American, possibly disabled, who cannot climb a ladder and paint a 3-story house? Across the U.S., I’m appalled to learn that city code enforcers punish homeowners on tight budgets, fining them thousands of dollars, ordering them to court, and throwing them in jail for not keeping their home attractive. Lancaster, Continue ReadingJail time for peeling paint: punitive HOA “values” shape Lancaster’s code enforcement