By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Since 2017, IAC has been following the status of legal disputes over road maintenance in several Long Island communities in the town of Riverhead. Many of the older homes in the town were originally designed with private roads. As more people moved to Long Island, driving from one part of town to another became difficult, especially in the winter. To make sure roads were safe and passable, at least Continue ReadingTown of Riverhead, Highway Supervisor neglecting roads they once maintained
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What happens when a homeowners’ association no longer serves its intended purpose? Can it still collect annual assessments? Homeowners of Inwood Forest Village, located in Acres Homes subdivision outside of Houston, recently discovered that their homeowners’ association has been “administratively dissolved” as of 2007. But what does that mean? Apparently, the HOA allowed its corporate registration to expire. According to homeowners interviewed by KHOU, the last HOA meeting Continue ReadingDissolving an HOA – is it possible?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Readers often contact me with a difficult problem. They hate HOAs. But, in their home search, they cannot seem to avoid association-governed housing. And that’s not surprising when you look at the statistics for new home construction over the past decade. Specifically, according to the U.S. Census Survey of Construction (SOC), the nationwide percentage share of new single family detached homes sold has remained steady, in the range of Continue ReadingWhat to do when it’s hard to avoid an HOA
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you noticed the a culture war against millions of U.S. residents who live in suburban and rural locations? The war is waged by a small but influential group of city planners, and New Urbanism Think Tanks. In their zest to design and build utopian cities, these urban elitists regularly bash the suburbs as undesirable ‘sprawl.’ The majority of urban planners seem to misunderstand non-city dwellers. In their minds, Continue ReadingAmerica’s suburban soul has no HOA