Laws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

Disability person in wheelchair

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities . Sadly, once again, I’m seeing reports of homeowners associations denying disabled residents the right to safely enjoy their homes. The latest reports come to us from Tennessee, where residents from two HOA-governed communities have filed complaints with the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC). Veteran, amputee denied wheelchair ramps by his HOA News Channel 5 and The Tennessean report that the Meadows of Seven Points HOA (Hermitage) ordered William Continue ReadingLaws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

Good news: HOA, local contractors, repair mold-infested condo for FL woman

community hands joined together

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Happy endings to condo HOA horror stories are rare. It’s refreshing to see good news, for a change. Investigative reporter Karla Ray, WFTV, happily reports that One Thousand Oaks condo association is working with several local contractors to repair Judy Young’s condo, at no cost to her. You might recall two previous IAC posts about Young’s black mold-infested condo. The 72-year-old woman is a survivor of brain surgery. Because Continue ReadingGood news: HOA, local contractors, repair mold-infested condo for FL woman

Laws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

Disability person in wheelchair

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sadly, once again, I’m seeing reports of homeowners associations denying disabled residents the right to safely enjoy their homes. The latest reports come to us from Tennessee, where residents from two HOA-governed communities have filed complaints with the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC). Veteran, amputee denied wheelchair ramps by his HOA News Channel 5 and The Tennessean report that the Meadows of Seven Points HOA (Hermitage) ordered William and Continue ReadingLaws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

Kansas HOA special assessment conflict turns ugly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Few homeowners know what to expect when they buy into a planned community governed by a homeowners association. After all, home builders and real estate agents sell buyers on modern, attractive features of the home, pristine-looking landscapes, and neighborhood bling. You know, the sparkling community swimming pool, peaceful-looking nature trails, recreation centers, club houses, and, in some cases, dozens of planned social activities. Sales agents avoid serious talk about Continue ReadingKansas HOA special assessment conflict turns ugly