MI Lawsuit between bar owner and condo unit owners ramps up

Bar owner must pay special assessment for own litigation defense.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Home buyers are bombarded with all sorts of slick advertising, designed to get them to fall in love with new homes, including condos, in planned developments. For the past two decades, developers and architects have been heavily promoting …

Advertisements

Denver’s affordable housing debacle

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The following Denver Post article highlights everything that is wrong with the concept of "affordable housing" built by private developers, and then offered for sale with price controls and income restrictions on home buyers. Here's how the system works. The City of Denver makes a deal with some …

Arizona HOA, condo, co-op legislative updates (April 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Arizona Legislature just took three steps forward toward protecting the rights of homeowners and shareholders in association-governed communities. Governor Doug Ducey has signed all three of the following bills, which are now law in Arizona.   HB-2262: Condominium Termination Compensation In Arizona, the condominium association termination trend …

Ramapo Mountain Lakes asks court to compel assessments from all homeowners, following NJ statute amendment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last August, IAC introduced readers to a complex New Jersey legal dispute involving property owners near Crystal and Mirror Lakes. Since the 1950s, both lakes and related recreational facilities have been maintained by Ramapo Mountain Lakes (RML), Inc. According to legal records, the community was developed in the 1940s as …

Illinois condominium, homeowners association legislative updates (March 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Several 2018 Illinois bills, and angst over homeowner protections enacted in 2017, are stirring up controversy in Chicago and statewide. HB 5126 / SB3165 Last year, state law (Public Act 100-0292) was amended to provide condo unit owner access to contact information of co-owners, including names, addresses, phone numbers, …

NC homeowners: many unanswered questions about HOA insurance claims

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Do you have a clear understanding of how your homeowners, condominium, or cooperative association is spending the money collected from you and your neighboring homeowners? For many homeowners, the answer to that question is a definitive NO. For example, according to a Fox 46 (WJZY) report from Charlotte, …

HOA, condo, co-op Legislative highlights (Feb 2018, AZ, IN, KS, WA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Arizona HB2540 (AZ) A few weeks ago, State Rep. Kelly Townsend proposed regulation of radar gun usage in Arizona HOAs. The bill proposed that the radar gun be calibrated, and that no fines be issued unless the driver’s speed was at least ten miles over the posted speed …

Legislative Highlights (Feb 2018, Illinois)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The right to access contact information of co-owners is under assault, and industry trade group members continue to oppose fair treatment of condo owners who prevail in litigation involving their association.    Illinois HB4816 Amends the condominium act to specify that no member, including persons on the board …

Why is apathy rampant in homeowner, condo, and co-op associations?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here at IAC, I strive to look at the Big Picture and connect the dots, in order to provide a better understanding of why so many American association-governed communities are struggling and so few are thriving. For at least the past decade, there has been lot of buzz …

MA: After 9 long years, Supreme Court victory for Lowell condo homeowners?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Could owners of a 48-unit, 33-year-old condominium complex finally be compensated for the lost value of their homes, built on the site of former dump? There’s finally a ray of hope. In a unanimous ruling filed in January 2018, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court threw out a lower court …