By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The past few weeks have been hectic in my world, and this week I’ve moved back to my previous hometown in northeastern Pennsylvania. As is typical with an out of town move, that means a marathon schedule of packing and unpacking, and several days with no Wifi access at home. Looking forward to getting back to writing about HOA issues, and educating home buyers and housing consumers as life Continue ReadingWhy can’t home buyers find the modern non-HOA homes they really want?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities, debgoonan@ icloud.com Chicago condo association orders owner to ‘cease and desist’ public posting of recorded board meetings Readers might recall that Brian Connolly, a Chicago condo owner, recently scored a legal victory, when an Appellate court upheld his First Amendment rights at 111 East Chestnut Condominium. But the battle for free speech in his community rages on. Last May, 111 East Chestnut sued Connolly, claiming he has filed numerous Continue ReadingShould homeowners be free to post recordings of condo HOA board meetings?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A Nevada HOA says that a Vietnam veteran, Neil Johnson, can keep his patriotic van parked in his driveway. The Palm Hills HOA community, Henderson, NV, enforces rules that prohibit commercial vehicles parked in driveways. Johnson’s van is painted with stars and stripes of the American flag. In March, Palm Hills classified the van as a commercial vehicle, and issued multiple parking citations. The HOA also threatened to tow Continue ReadingHomeowner wins HOA battle after neighbors offer support
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Reports of HOA leaders making poor decisions just keep on coming. Today’s examples: a California board’s inaction leads to preventable accident; a Colorado HOA’s impulsive decision leaves residents in the cold; an Iowa condo board and its insurance contractors botch a post-fire reconstruction project. California — HOA refused to remove dangerous tree. Then it destroyed the home of a retired Veteran and his wife. Beginning in 1996, Lela Continue ReadingRetired residents suffer under leadership of dysfunctional condo HOAs