How to avoid nasty HOA lawsuits over paint colors (WY)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to The Cody Enterprise, an April 10 trial date is set for two lawsuits filed by a pair of homeowners and the Cody Ranchettes HOA. Both parties are locked in a pair of nasty lawsuits over the paint colors of the home of Kelly and Debra Hennessy. Last year, the Hennessys, who have lived in the rural community for more than a decade, chose to paint the siding Continue ReadingHow to avoid nasty HOA lawsuits over paint colors (WY)

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HOA Issue #5: Is your HOA legally obligated to maintain the common areas?

When you purchased your HOA home, were you sold on a low-maintenance lifestyle? NJ and IN courts rule on duties of homeowners, condo associations.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When you purchased your house, condo, or co-op apartment, you were probably sold on the idea of a low-maintenance lifestyle, enticing amenities, or lush common green spaces. But I often hear from homeowners and residents that the common areas are not properly maintained Continue ReadingHOA Issue #5: Is your HOA legally obligated to maintain the common areas?

HOA Issue #12: 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 Ridge deed restricted subdivision in Oconomowoc. On Friday, TMJ4 News interviewed homeowner Tim Sanders at his home, a half-million dollar Continue ReadingHOA Issue #12: Here we go again: HOA vs. sick child’s playground

If we abolish HOA fines, how can homeowners protect property values?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I reposted one of my previous articles, which sparked a spirited discussion  of abolishing the power of HOAs to fine their neighbors. Today’s post takes the discussion to the next level. In case you missed it, here’s the link: Here’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed Do we really need or want HOAs to be The Enforcers? Why abolisth HOA power to fine? A growing Continue ReadingIf we abolish HOA fines, how can homeowners protect property values?

When HOA parking and towing rules go too far

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It seems there’s an epidemic of homeowners and condo associations going overboard with enforcement of parking rules. In addition to HOAs that ban parking on the street — even public streets — we are now seeing reports of HOAs that will even tow cars from residents’ own driveways. Check out this video report of Joggers Run townhouse association in Greenacres, Florida. Neighbors claim cars being towed from driveways in Continue ReadingWhen HOA parking and towing rules go too far