How to avoid nasty HOA lawsuits over paint colors (WY)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to The Cody Enterprise, an April 10 trial date is set for two lawsuits filed by a pair of homeowners and the Cody Ranchettes HOA. Both parties are locked in a pair of nasty lawsuits over the paint colors of the home of Kelly and Debra Hennessy. Last year, the Hennessys, who have lived in the rural community for more than a decade, chose to paint the siding Continue ReadingHow to avoid nasty HOA lawsuits over paint colors (WY)

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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

If we abolish HOA fines, how can homeowners protect property values?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I reposted one of my previous articles, which sparked a spirited discussion  of abolishing the power of HOAs to fine their neighbors. Today’s post takes the discussion to the next level. In case you missed it, here’s the link: Here’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed Do we really need or want HOAs to be The Enforcers? Why abolisth HOA power to fine? A growing Continue ReadingIf we abolish HOA fines, how can homeowners protect property values?