Homeowners fight back: SC HOA scraps plan to sanction owners for speeding

Dunes West POA had planned to use electronic tracking equipment to monitor speed and take photos of license plates Offenders would have had their resident gate access suspended Traffic problems in association-governed communities across the U.S. are creating a new trend of self-enforcement by homeowners associations. But many homeowners view HOA enforcement as extreme overreach of authority. One example: Dunes West POA in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Last week, Board President Tom Boyer announced a Continue ReadingHomeowners fight back: SC HOA scraps plan to sanction owners for speeding

City soon to maintain roads for this North Carolina condo association

Abbey Glen condo association, developer preparing “private” roads for dedication to the town of Gibsonville   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some states dedicate all newly constructed roads to the local government — even streets in planned communities with homeowners’ associations (HOAs) or condominiums. In other states, community roads may be considered private, even if there are no gates at entry points. Abbey Glen Condominiums, located in Gibsonville, North Carolina, is a community of approximately Continue ReadingCity soon to maintain roads for this North Carolina condo association

Parking, towing dispute heats up in Hillsborough County Florida HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of the biggest problems created by short-sighted planning in common interest communities is the scarcity of parking space. For example, in Kings Lake subdivision, Hillsborough County, Florida, driveway space is limited and streets are somewhat narrow. If your household uses the garage for storage, and the driveway only has room for one or two vehicles without blocking the sidewalk, what are you supposed to do with a third Continue ReadingParking, towing dispute heats up in Hillsborough County Florida HOA

NC HOA faces dilemma: how to control traffic on private roads

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Home buyers might believe that living in a planned community with private roads is a good thing. They might imagine that traffic on their road will be limited to residents and guests. But, as the following report illustrates, traffic headaches and hazards are quite common in HOAs. For one thing, most common interest communities tend to have one or a few primary “through” streets with several side streets Continue ReadingNC HOA faces dilemma: how to control traffic on private roads