Ormond Heritage condo owners facing moldy nightmare

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For many home buyers looking for a place to vacation or retire, Florida is at the top of the list. Condominiums are popular because buyers are sold on the notion of a carefree lifestyle, often with resort amenities. Waterfront condos are attractive to affluent buyers looking for great … More Ormond Heritage condo owners facing moldy nightmare

Should HOAs have authority to issue traffic tickets?

Critics say Florida state law gives HOAs too much unchecked power By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Fox News in Tampa highlights a growing trend in private homeowners associations, particularly large gated communities. In order to cut down on traffic hazards such as running through intersections without stopping, speeding, or driving on the wrong … More Should HOAs have authority to issue traffic tickets?

Do homeowners experience due process in HOAs?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Following yesterday’s blog, Legislation should limit power of HOAs, a reader sent the following comment: This article raises many important issues and misunderstandings about HOA governance. At the Owner level, far too many Owners do not understand their Governing Documents and their rights and duties under those Governing Documents, particularly … More Do homeowners experience due process in HOAs?

Legislation should limit power of HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities An interesting trend is happening across the U.S. Local media are engaging in investigative reports that highlight the fact that homeowners associations (HOAs) have far too much power. To illustrate, here is a recent report from the state of North Carolina. Homeowners share cautionary tales of HOA nightmares Diane Wilson, … More Legislation should limit power of HOAs

Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

Homeowners fed up with what they say is bully behavior   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s report from KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri, highlights a big problem for many association-governed planned communities: developers that control their new home neighborhoods with an iron fist. According to the report, homeowners in Copperfield Home Owners Association … More Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

HOA wins $13.5M in arbitration against DR Horton (CO)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated May 15, 2017 5:33 PM EDT This is a construction and design defect case that boggles the mind. A D.R. Horton subsidiary homebuilder in Colorado constructed a 1200 home subdivision roughly one decade ago. Apparently, the homes were built on land with a high water table, so home … More HOA wins $13.5M in arbitration against DR Horton (CO)

Oregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000

Attorney says case will help many others fighting for disability, civil rights in HOAs By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On Mother’s Day, today’s blog pays tribute to Renee Kuhn, a mother who, with support from her husband, Gary, is a fierce advocate for her daughter, Khrizma, and countless other people with disabilities who choose … More Oregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000

Is AL homeowner stuck with $60K storm sewer repair?

Developer is long gone, County says it is a private drain, and HOA blames tree roots – says it is not their  problem to fix By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Yet another report of storm water drainage headaches in a homeowners association. This one involves a 66 home subdivision – Saddlecreek HOA – … More Is AL homeowner stuck with $60K storm sewer repair?

Florida HOA battle lines drawn over drought ravaged lawns

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Central Florida is in the midst of a historic drought, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel. Conditions are so dry that portions of the St. Johns River have dried up, and wildfires have become a common occurrence. Most of the state’s water is supplied by underground aquifers … More Florida HOA battle lines drawn over drought ravaged lawns

More details revealed in case of double murder at Boston condo

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Since yesterday’s blog, several other news sources have reported additional details about the gruesome murder of Richard Field and Lina Bolaños in their South Boston penthouse condominium last Friday night. We now know the name of the condominium: Macallen Building, located at 141 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston. The … More More details revealed in case of double murder at Boston condo