Ocean City MD condo owners file AG complaint over $2.6M project

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Three unit owners of an Ocean City condo building filed a complaint with Maryland’s Attorney General, shortly after they were hit with $18,000 – $40,000 special assessments per unit, slated for a $2.6 million exterior renovation project. Ocean Place Condominium Association plans an extensive renovation of the exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) over the next two years. Construction would begin this fall, with the work scheduled in the off-seasons. Continue ReadingOcean City MD condo owners file AG complaint over $2.6M project

IL HOAs ask Village to change policy for dedication of private roads

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities    More and more homeowners are discovering that, after a few years, the allure and prestige of living on a private road loses its charm. It’s not easy to find reliable contractors to plow snow in the winter and fix potholes in the warmer seasons. It’s hard to keep up with cracked and crumbling roads, and poor storm drainage, too. HOA board members and property owners are sick and Continue ReadingIL HOAs ask Village to change policy for dedication of private roads

Delaware Village of Five Points HOA bullies local library

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  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 Village of Five Points HOA bullies local library

Jail time for peeling paint: punitive HOA “values” shape Lancaster’s code enforcement

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When did it become a crime to be retired and poor? Or working poor? Or an older American, possibly disabled, who cannot climb a ladder and paint a 3-story house? Across the U.S., I’m appalled to learn that city code enforcers punish homeowners on tight budgets, fining them thousands of dollars, ordering them to court, and throwing them in jail for not keeping their home attractive. Lancaster, Continue ReadingJail time for peeling paint: punitive HOA “values” shape Lancaster’s code enforcement