Is CAI pushing HOA-industry trade group propaganda?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This morning in my Twitter feed, I stumbled upon the most recent Public Relations video by HOA-industry trade group, Community Associations Institute (CAI). It’s an attempt to urge housing consumers to “be an informed home buyer.” In its latest defensive move, CAI directly addresses highly unpopular and controversial rules in HOA-governed communities. If you’ve been following HOA news across the U.S., you know that HOAs are getting a Continue ReadingIs CAI pushing HOA-industry trade group propaganda?

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Aug. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This month: several reports of former HOA employees and treasurers charged and/or convicted in various theft, fraud, and embezzlement schemes. The FBI raids the home of local politician and CEO of a neighborhood association. Shootout erupts as homeowners fight against illegitimate HOA. Former HOA manager, maintenance worker arrested on theft charges Joseph Maselli, a former maintenance worker at 3360 Condominium Association in Palm Beach, Florida, admitted to double-billing Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Aug. 2019)

FL HOA fines family of autistic boy to remove back yard fence (repost)

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (Note to subscribers: reposting due to spam attack of original link) Rarely does a week go by that we don’t hear about a Fair Housing complaint filed against an HOA-governed community. The latest buzz involves a family in Sarasota, Florida. Mike and Michelle Morley, parents of Mason, a 9-year-old autistic boy, ran into trouble with the Harbour Walk HOA after they installed a back yard fence. Mike Morley, Continue ReadingFL HOA fines family of autistic boy to remove back yard fence (repost)

HOA news roundup (Aug 18, 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Highlights — and low lights — of life in HOA-ville, USA   Violence, unpredictable lawsuits, and other uncontrollable factors wreak havoc on residents.   HOA dispute turns violent (TX) Pleasant Run Estates neighborhood, in Lancaster, Texas, was recently the scene of a gun fight between the HOA President’s wife and a homeowner fighting against an assessment lien on his home. Last week, authorities arrested homeowner Kenneth Haggerty on Continue ReadingHOA news roundup (Aug 18, 2019)