HOA parking rules can have unintended consequences

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Earlier this month, Tori Gerstenacker, 25, was tragically struck and killed while crossing Route 70 in Marlton, NJ. The vibrant young woman was returning home from a hard day at work as a field engineer for Henkels & McCoy. Tori had just parked her Ford F-150 in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center, and was beginning the half-mile trek to her condominium townhome in Delancey Place. Continue ReadingHOA parking rules can have unintended consequences

HOA rules vs. human compassion

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Let’s face it. Most people hate rules, especially picky and petty HOA rules. But a few people love them, and will go out of their way to strictly enforce them, No Matter What. And sometimes — maybe most of the time — it takes a cold-hearted soul without compassion to enforce HOA rules. In the month of September, local news stations aired three examples of the cruel reality Continue ReadingHOA rules vs. human compassion

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

Boy painting fence

  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)

This week in HOA-ville: deferred condo maintenance, HOA lawsuits, and $500 recurring fines

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (debgoonan@icloud.com) From negligence to abuse of power, highlights of recent reports on HOA life in the U.S.   HOA lawsuit, deferred maintenance make these North Myrtle Beach condos a tough sell (South Carolina) Tilghman Beach and Racquet (condo) Association has been embroiled in a lawsuit for the past three years. A group of seven owners of vacation condos is suing the HOA board, claiming the representatives of the association Continue ReadingThis week in HOA-ville: deferred condo maintenance, HOA lawsuits, and $500 recurring fines