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

Leisure World MD owners seek democratic elections

Democracy must begin at home

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

It’s HOA budget season. Let the chaos begin.

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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.

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 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