HOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Nov. 11, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Religious discrimination costly for condo association; owners hit with huge special assessments; no solutions in sight for HOA community plagued by sinkholes or condominiums threatened by beach erosion; jury orders bad neighbor to pay $1M to condo association; another condo association near death. New Jersey HOA must pay legal fees for religious discrimination/fair housing lawsuit   A group of Orthodox Jewish residents of the Enclave at the Fairways (Lakewood) Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Nov. 11, 2019)

NJ Court: Lake Parsippany Easements obligate homeowners to pay POA fees

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   On October 7, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County, ruled that the Lake Parsippany tract of homes forms a common interest community, as defined by NJ statute. Furthermore, as Justice Stuart A. Minkowicz wrote in the court’s opinion, homeowners enjoy the benefits of living near the lake, as granted by easements in their property deeds. Attorneys for LPPOA conducted a search of 25 titles of homes Continue ReadingNJ Court: Lake Parsippany Easements obligate homeowners to pay POA fees

This month’s most notable HOA lawsuits (October 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This month: a fatal construction accident and toxic mold contamination lead to liability lawsuits; conflicts of interest in alleged against a golf resort community; victory for homeowners in HOA lawsuit over holiday lights; court rules HOA can’t stop construction of a nearby group home; $41M award in parking garage defect lawsuit. New Jersey Condo association named in $10M liability lawsuit The family of a construction worker, who was Continue ReadingThis month’s most notable HOA lawsuits (October 2019)

Update on Chicago condo owners’ free speech lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com   In May 2019, an attorney representing a Chicago Condominium Association hinted about her client’s intent to file an appeal with Illinois Supreme Court, hoping to reverse the First District Appellate Court’s ruling in favor of free speech rights of a condo owner. Early this summer, Diane Silverberg (Kovtiz, Shifrin, and Nesbit) filed a Leave to Appeal of the decision in the Illinois Appellate Court of the First District, Continue ReadingUpdate on Chicago condo owners’ free speech lawsuit