Homeowners, HOAs report damage to vinyl siding, fire hazards caused by Low-E windows

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A perfect storm of building regulations, smaller lot sizes, and HOA restrictions creates worries and additional costs for homeowners By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In the past year, several local television news stations have highlighted consumer headaches caused by energy efficient windows. According to several reports, including an official educational statement written for National …

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Is the tide turning with respect to private property rights of HOA residents?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This Independence Day, IAC reflects upon recent events that indicate that the courts and real estate developers are rethinking the management industry’s decades-old attempt at restricting property rights by way of restrictive covenants. Residents of property governed by homeowners’ associations are increasingly challenging the HOA’s rights to enforce restrictive …

HOA Common interest community real estate trends

Changes coming to HOA, condo neighborhoods The industry keeps trying to tweak the HOA, condo product. But do recent changes improve communities, or simply cause new problems? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Six new trends are likely to make homeownership more complicated, and less predictable than ever before. 1. Site Condominiums In Michigan, it …

Federal Housing Authority confirms investigation of Michigan HOA for religious discrimination

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A federal lawsuit has prompted an investigation of Bay View Association, a seasonal community in Michigan, whose board recently enacted a policy requiring all of its property owners to be practicing Christians, affiliated with a church. See this AP news release: Feds investigate Michigan resort community that requires …

Rene Boucher, Rand Paul, and Rivergreen HOA entangled in litigation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Just when you thought you'd heard the last of the neighborhood dispute between Senator Rand Paul and his neighbor, the one that culminated in a criminal assault prosecution and conviction of Rene Boucher... The dispute continues in civil court. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Paul sued …

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (June 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: several managers, former board members of association-governed communities either arrested or sentenced; mortgage fraud investigation continues in Florida; a developer and hotel owner is sued by owners of condo association for raising fees by 150%; environmental fraud in Massachusetts results in light sentence   Sentencing delayed for …

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 …

HOA, Condo, Co-op legislative updates across the U.S. (June 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California In preparation for its next drought, California has moved in the direction of mandating water conservation through water districts with oversight at the state level. The goal is to reduce indoor water consumption from an average of 90 gallons per day per resident to 55 gallons by 2022. …

MO: County will take your private HOA roads off your hands — if they’re not too old and crumbly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Jefferson County, Missouri, is joining the nationwide de-privatization trend. With regard to the utter failure of private homeowners’ associations to adequately maintain infrastructure, Jason Jonas, Public Works Director for the County, “gets it.” Today’s referenced article is a refreshingly frank discussion of reality. HOA boards are generally clueless …

NM: HOA removes homeowner’s back yard fence without notice. Why?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities State by state, journalists are finally reporting the truth about life in association-governed communities. The latest report of outrageous HOA rules enforcement comes from KOB4 reporter Chris Ramirez, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of course, it’s common knowledge that HOAs have some crazy rules when it comes to installation of a fence …