The trouble with HOAs – 5 risks for homeowners

It’s not just about the rules By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Most HOA discussions focus on rules. Are the rules reasonable? How are they enforced? Does the HOA board abuse its power? However, HOA problems are not limited to disputes about rules and restrictions. HOA Problems are often tied directly to shared ownership of infrastructure and amenities or the developer’s role in construction and management of the community. Today’s post provides five examples of Continue ReadingThe trouble with HOAs – 5 risks for homeowners

If we abolish HOA fines, how can homeowners protect property values?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I reposted one of my previous articles, which sparked a spirited discussion  of abolishing the power of HOAs to fine their neighbors. Today’s post takes the discussion to the next level. In case you missed it, here’s the link: Here’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed Do we really need or want HOAs to be The Enforcers? Why abolish HOA power to fine? A growing Continue ReadingIf we abolish HOA fines, how can homeowners protect property values?

Lawsuit: HabiJax, City shift blame for problems at Fairway Oaks

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two years after Fairway Oaks HOA filed a lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville and HabiJax, there’s still no relief in sight for homeowners. In yet another move to dismiss the lawsuit, the City blames several other parties for current conditions at the affordable housing complex. Those other parties include the former landowners of the site, the homeowners association, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Housing and Continue ReadingLawsuit: HabiJax, City shift blame for problems at Fairway Oaks

Time to improve fire safety for condo residents

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities With multiple households living in close proximity, fire safety is more important than ever. But for more than a decade, the real estate industry has delayed action to improve fire safety for condo residents. Here it is, just halfway through the month of December, with  a half dozen reports of condominium fires. (See links below) While the cause of several of those recent fires is not yet known, careless Continue ReadingTime to improve fire safety for condo residents