Marina owner’s lawsuit against HOA disputes access to community pool

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Did you know that condominium associations are not just for apartment-style homes and townhouses? The condominium governance structure is also used for non-residential property such as storage units, garages, and boat slips in a marina. For example, Half Moon Bay in Croton-on-Hudson (NY) is a common interest community …

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Why did condo board delay informing owners about offer to purchase entire building?

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesState Parkway Condominium, located on the Gold Coast in Chicago, has had more than its share of financial controversy. In July, the Association passed a $500,000 special assessment to cover the cost of ongoing legal fees, most of them related to lawsuits against a single condo owner, and former board …

HOA, condo, & co-op case law and legal highlights (July 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s highlights seem to have a common theme. HOA, condo/co-op statutes offer limited protection for housing consumers, and are a source of mass confusion.   Judge: Illinois condo law not meant to control 'reasonable' fees for electronic condo sale documents Excerpts: A Chicago federal judge has tossed a …

Critics say scanning for radioactivity at Hunters Point HOA is nothing more than a PR stunt (CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When land becomes scarce and housing demand is high, city and county governments find it very tempting to redevelop brownfields. A brownfield, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): ...is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence …

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. …

These Texas homeowners don’t want an HOA, but developers are trying to impose one

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   How would you feel if you went out of your way to purchase a home that is NOT governed by a homeowners’ association, only to have an HOA forced upon you a few years later? That’s exactly what may be happening in Key Largo, a subdivision in Converse, …

Illinois / Chicago: Updates on legislative efforts to prevent unit owner access to membership list

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few months ago, condominium industry special interest groups were pressuring Illinois and Chicago lawmakers to undo transparency provisions added to Illinois Public Act 100-0292 in 2017. Among other changes, last year’s amendments included a provision regarding unit owner access to a membership roster of fellow condo unit owners. …

WY: Lawsuit now involves 16 of Casper’s Mesa del Sol homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post highlights Mesa del Sol, Casper, Wyoming. In case you missed the previous post, according to a March 2017 report in the Casper Star-Tribune, dozens of homes in Mesa Del Sol Addition (West Casper) have allegedly been built with shallow foundations upon land sites with unstable and expansive …