HOA board rethinks aggressive towing policy (NV)

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by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Following Darcy Spears’ recent KTNV “HOA Hall of Shame” report, Savannah Falls HOA board and management rethinks its aggressive towing policy. Spears is a godsend for Las Vegas area residents dealing with abusive homeowners associations. Due to her intervention, and after nearly a month of fighting with their HOA, …

Instead of HOA, Community Development District enforces restrictions

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A Community Development District in The Villages is enforcing deed restrictions, demanding that homeowners tear out driveway extensions, or face steep monetary fines. In my opinion, this is one of the most stupid and petty architectural covenants ever. But, even worse, in this case, it’s not an HOA enforcing …

Ravine erosion threatens property, homeowners file lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a homeowner lawsuit recently filed in Fort Bend County, Texas, Weston Lakes POA is not addressing a serious erosion problem in their drainage ravine. Joe and Jill Nixon purchased what they thought was their dream home in Riverwood Forest at Weston Lakes in July 2015. But within …

Missouri HOAs can no longer ban political signs

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Take note residents of Missouri: Just in time for midterm elections, the state has a new law that makes it illegal for your homeowners’ association to ban political signs from your yard. House Bill 1887 was passed by the General Assembly and signed by former Governor Eric Greitens on …

HOA required roof shingles could cost owners thousands

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Colorado homeowner says insurance won't cover the full repair cost of her roof replacement following a hailstorm By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a report that aired on Denver7 last week, Piney Creek homeowner Kemberly DuBuke may have to replace her brand new roof. The homeowner just learned that her HOA won’t approve her …

Will Texas Property Code stop HOA from taking down political campaign signs?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities With the midterm election season upon us, Texans who reside in private communities need to be reminded that, according to state law, a homeowners’ association (HOA) cannot prohibit the display of political campaign signs on their property. Or can they? Read on to find out. Beaumont residents turn to …

This CA HOA wants homeowner to evict his tenants

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Oceanside homeowner renting two 6-bedroom homes to a total of 12 Marines The latest controversy brewing in HOA-ville comes to us from the Arrowood neighborhood in Oceanside, California. For more than a decade, property owner Ron Zurawski has owned two six-bedroom homes in the covenant restricted community. And up …

Homeownership in HOA-ville: is there any real benefit?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week, Shu Bartholomew and I sort out half-truths and illusions surrounding homeownership in the U.S. Do restrictive covenants and homeowners’ associations really protect property values? Are consumers of new homes getting a safe, high quality product? Who truly benefits from the current housing policy? Listen in on the …

HOAs, condos, & co-ops: Quasi-governments or ‘contractual communities’?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In 2012, California Attorney Tyler Berding published an article on his website, Condo Issues, making his case that an association governed community is purely ‘contractual.’ In Berding’s opinion, ‘community associations’ are not governments, because, in theory, members voluntarily agree to CC&Rs and Bylaws for the good of the …

HOA, condo, co-op litigation and case law news (Aug./Sept. 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Highlights of court rulings on legal disputes between association-governed communities and their members or third parties.  This South Carolina case should serve as a home buyer beware warning. When you buy into a golf community, or any other amenity-rich community, subject to Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions that require club …