Retired Chicago condo owners could soon lose their home to deconversion

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Less than 2 years after they decided to retire in their Chicago condo, Eddie and Colleen Soto were shocked by news of a vote to sell the building to investors for a deconversion. The Sotos have owned their condo a 2 East Oak since 2008. Except for the year they rented their unit to a colleague, they enjoyed their Windy City condo on weekend getaways from their hectic Continue ReadingRetired Chicago condo owners could soon lose their home to deconversion

HOA, condo state laws change homeowner rights (Nov. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com California provides increased protection against housing discrimination for military families; Florida considers bill to rein in power of CDDs to create new bond obligations for homeowners; Hawaii reverses course on condo owner protection from nonjudicial foreclosure.   California Housing providers cannot discriminate due to Veteran, military status SB 222 makes it a violation of civil rights to engage in housing discrimination based upon Veteran or military status, offering Continue ReadingHOA, condo state laws change homeowner rights (Nov. 2019)

HOA, condo, and co-op good news — for a change (Oct. 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Examples of resolutions to several vexing HOA problems: completion of major stucco repair project in FL; new sidewalk in AZ; flag dispute resolved in NC; affordable housing assistance in WY; city rethinks its trash bin pickup policy in IA.   FL: Once unlivable condos are livable again. It only took 11 years. In the last IAC update on Metrowest, Orlando (June 2018), residents were still complaining about the slow Continue ReadingHOA, condo, and co-op good news — for a change (Oct. 2019)

Pennsylvania HB 523 considers maintenance of private roads, without an HOA (Oct. 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Pennsylvania House recently tabled a bill that clarifies who will be responsible for maintenance of private roads. HB 523, as amended on September 24 (2019), attempts to sort out a person’s obligation to pay for maintenance of a shared private road. The reader may assume that all shared private roads and driveways are part of a common interest ownership community. In these communities, a homeowners, condominium, or cooperative Continue ReadingPennsylvania HB 523 considers maintenance of private roads, without an HOA (Oct. 2019)