Exposing corruption in the affordable housing industry

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do governments and private individuals spend affordable housing taxpayer dollars wisely? Critics say the industry is plagued by fraud and corruption. What exactly is “affordable housing?” How many times have you heard the industry claim that it’s essential to build condominiums in order to provide more affordable housing? Multiple meanings …

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

HOA, condo, housing coop reports of alleged fraud, conflicts of interest, theft by managers, board Treasurers and Presidents

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 …

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 …

Does your HOA prevent you from seeing official records?

If your homeowners,’ condo, or co-op association (either the board or the manager) has denied allowing you to have access to official records, what explanations or excuses did they make to keep them a secret? Tell me in the comment section below.

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, …