HOA law in Maryland streamlines deletion of racial, religious discriminatory covenants

50th anniversary fair housing HUD poster

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Rodgers Forge, a deed restricted neighborhood in Towson, Maryland is reportedly the first homeowners association-governed community to delete covenants restricting residency based upon race, religious belief, or national origin. The Towson Times reports that volunteers from the 1,800 home neighborhood spent months searching and identifying 85 recorded covenants with racially restrictive language. The group worked alongside their HOA and their neighbors to strike illegal restrictions under the Fair Housing Continue ReadingHOA law in Maryland streamlines deletion of racial, religious discriminatory covenants

Sea Pines of Padre Isles subdivision wants out of HOA (TX)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Sea Pines subdivision filed a petition in January 2019 to leave the Padre Isles Property Owners Association (PIPOA), but the board says that homeowners in Sea Pines have to submit the “proper legal paperwork,” before their exit from the property owners’ (homeowners) association is official. Padre Island is a planned community centered around water oriented recreation. Established in 1965, the community includes more than 4,300 water front and Continue ReadingSea Pines of Padre Isles subdivision wants out of HOA (TX)

Delaware Villages of Five Points HOA bullies local library

Little Free Library compressed

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   You’ve probably noticed that HOAs across the U.S. tend to hate Little Libraries. HOA restrictions rarely allow a homeowner to keep one. But today’s post shares an HOA vs. Little Library story with a twist. The Cape Gazette just published two articles about the Villages of Five Points HOA in Lewes, Delaware. The HOA reportedly has a history of opposing new development near its community, including a proposed Continue ReadingDelaware Villages of Five Points HOA bullies local library

Land use covenants and local law collide in Sussex County Delaware

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Cape Gazette recently published an article about a land use controversy involving a home-based business. Country Lawn Care & Maintenance LLC, c/o Gerald and Stephania Dougherty, is asking Sussex County to issue a Conditional Use (CU) application so the owners can continue to operate their business on their 4-acre property, as they have for the past three years. The Planning and Zoning board voted 2-2 the Doughertys’ application. Continue ReadingLand use covenants and local law collide in Sussex County Delaware