By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Activist group Just Us ( www.justus.group ) continues its fight for democratic election procedures in Leisure World Community Corporation (LWCC). The long-running dispute, spearheaded by Just Us President, Sheryl Katzman, fights for the right of LW owners and mutual share holders to directly elect members of the sprawling community’s umbrella/master association board (LWCC). Katzman filed a complaint with Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) in August, citing her allegation Continue ReadingLeisure World MD owners seek democratic elections
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a recent KTNV report, an annual budget meeting at Highland Ranch Homeowners’ Association ended in chaos, with local sheriff called in to disperse the crowd. An uncharacteristically large number of angry homeowners gathered to attend the meeting in a small office on HOA property. But due to lack of space, many of them could not enter the room. What has the homeowners so riled up? The HOA Continue ReadingIt’s HOA budget season. Let the chaos begin.
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 controversial $3 million special assessment to repair defects and stabilize soil beneath and behind 2 condominium townhouses in the Wayne, Continue ReadingUPDATE: NJ Condo owners facing $3M assessment elect new board
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities October 2018 highlights: some state laws won’t apply to your HOA; Associations hiring Private Eyes to collect delinquent dues; owners can’t sue the HOA attorney; California coastal access rights protected; updates to CA law with regard to construction defect lawsuits. Some Florida statutes not retroactive Depending on how their governing documents are written, older Floridian condo associations do not necessarily need to follow recently enacted laws with regard to Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op case law, litigation highlights (October 2018)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s post offers more proof that Community Associations Institute, California Legislative Action Committee — CAI-CLAC is unfriendly to homeowners. If anyone reading this post still believes that CAI represents the interests of more than 60 million homeowners from association-governed communities in the U.S., today’s post should definitely change your mind. At the bottom of this post, you’ll see two recent CAI-CLAC announcements that clearly illuminate the truth. The trade and lobby Continue ReadingCAI-CLAC unfriendly to homeowners — here’s proof (CA)