NJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last month, State Superior Court Judge Christine A. Farrington issued her opinion on a 2-year-old legal dispute over Ramapo Mountain Lake (RML) Association’s legal rights to demand dues and place liens on more than 800 of its nearby homes. In short, Farrington ruled that RML is a common interest community (planned real estate development). As such, each property owner is legally obligated to pay annual assessments to maintain its Continue ReadingNJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

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NJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last month, State Superior Court Judge Christine A. Farrington issued her opinion on a 2-year-old legal dispute over Ramapo Mountain Lake (RML) Association’s legal rights to demand dues and place liens on more than 800 of its nearby homes. In short, Farrington ruled that RML is a common interest community (planned real estate development). As such, each property owner is legally obligated to pay annual assessments to maintain its Continue ReadingNJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

HOA residents’ interests often clash with trade group

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities An update to the 2016 article Homeowners’ Association residents’ interests often clash with trade group CAI. A reminder that the trade group does not represent the interests of 70 million homeowners and residents in associstion-governed communities.   In their 2015 Annual Report CAI claimed to be the “single most credible resource not just for community managers and board members but also for the tens of millions of Americans who make their homes Continue ReadingHOA residents’ interests often clash with trade group

Guess who advises Delaware AG on HOA regulation?

Woman question wonder HOA regulation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Unbelievable but true: The community association industry trade group, whose members feed off of common interest communities, advises the Delaware State Attorney General on how to “regulate” HOAs. Pardon the cliche, but that’s like the fox watching the henhouse. Seeing is believing, so here are some screenshots to prove my point. Delaware AG’s “Fraud and Consumer Protection” web page is little more than an ad campaign for Community Associations Continue ReadingGuess who advises Delaware AG on HOA regulation?

Arizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

Arizona water view vacation homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What can homeowners do about short-term rental homes causing nuisances in their neighborhoods? In Arizona, not much. Short-term rentals are a hot trend in Arizona and across the U.S. Believe it or not, taking on lodgers for vacation rentals or special events is no longer limited to condominiums. Owners of single family homes have discovered a healthy market for families and larger groups of people willing to pay Continue ReadingArizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals