Guess who advises Delaware AG on HOA regulation?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Unbelievable but true: The community association industry trade group, whose members feed off of common interest communities, advises the Delaware State Attorney General on how to “regulate” HOAs. Pardon the cliche, but that’s like the fox watching the henhouse. Seeing is believing, so here are some screenshots to prove my point. Delaware AG’s “Fraud and Consumer Protection” web page is little more than an ad campaign for Community Associations Continue ReadingGuess who advises Delaware AG on HOA regulation?

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Laredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Indepdent American Communities Five homeowners in a Laredo, Texas, gated community are suing the developer and his family members, who continue to control boards of directors for two homeowners associations governing the planned common interest community since 1992. Attorney Doanh “Zone” T. Nguyen, Lopez Peterson, PLLC, of Laredo, filed the lawsuit in Webb County on behalf of the homeowners last week. In their third amended complaint, homeowners Guillermo Castro Jr., Petra Castro, Continue ReadingLaredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

PA attorney suspended for “abusing the court system” with condo lawsuits

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently suspended an attorney for misrepresenting his client by filing multiple baseless lawsuits against a condominium association.   It’s common knowledge that suing one’s homeowners or condo association is akin to a David vs. Goliath battle. State law skews in favor of the mandatory membership associations, and an HOA benefits from its collective resources, including a sizable pool of money from assessments and fees. That seemingly Continue ReadingPA attorney suspended for “abusing the court system” with condo lawsuits

HOA Issue #5: Is your HOA legally obligated to maintain the common areas?

When you purchased your HOA home, were you sold on a low-maintenance lifestyle? NJ and IN courts rule on duties of homeowners, condo associations.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When you purchased your house, condo, or co-op apartment, you were probably sold on the idea of a low-maintenance lifestyle, enticing amenities, or lush common green spaces. But I often hear from homeowners and residents that the common areas are not properly maintained Continue ReadingHOA Issue #5: Is your HOA legally obligated to maintain the common areas?

HOA Issue #12: Here we go again: HOA vs. sick child’s playground

HOA demands family remove playground it previously approved By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated June 25, 2018 9:03 PM It never ceases to amaze me just how fickle and child-unfriendly a homeowners’ association can be. The latest HOA outrage causing a stir on social media takes us to southeastern Wisconsin, to the Prairie Creek Ridge deed restricted subdivision in Oconomowoc. On Friday, TMJ4 News interviewed homeowner Tim Sanders at his home, a half-million dollar Continue ReadingHOA Issue #12: Here we go again: HOA vs. sick child’s playground