CAI opposes IL HOA law that would protect owners’ rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Advocates for reform of - and alternatives to - homeowners and condo associations have been saying for years now that industry trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) does not represent the interests of homeowners. Too many state and federal policy makers have turned a deaf ear to that basic …

PA condo stairway collapse

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities While we're on the subject of shoddy construction this week, here's another report from ABC Action News 6 in Philadelphia. A 79-year old man injured his leg and had to be rescued by the fire department when he became trapped in a stairway that collapsed at Vestry Condominiums. According …

FL condo owners fighting construction giant DR Horton

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED July 28, 2018 According to a report by WFLA, Schooner Cove Condo Association has reached an “undisclosed settlement” with DR Horton. The home builder will remove stucco from all buildings, replace moldy wood, and reconstruct as necessary. See report here: Poor south Tampa condo construction, exposed by Better …

Construction defects settlement will cost KB Homes millions

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to the Orlando Sentinel, KB Homes, one of Florida's construction giants, has reached a settlement with the FL Attorney General's office. According to the report: At the core of the state's three-year investigation were construction defects that led to water intrusion, which leads to mold, wood rot and …

MD HOA loses lawsuit with neighbor who does not reside in the community

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is a story you must pass onto your family and friends who do not live in an HOA - and don't plan to - and who believe they are immune to abuse and legal action by an overzealous homeowner's association board. Bill Peters, Bel Air, MD, just spent …

Rhode Island now allows HOA super priority lien

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It looks like the HOA Industry, led by Community Associations Institute (CAI) is pushing the HOA Super Priority Lien. But instead of enacting legislation, CAI attorneys are engaging in amicus curiae or "friend of the court" briefs to influence Supreme Court decisions when legal disputes arise after an HOA …

FL Homeowner pilot sues his “Fly-In” HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Just when I think I've heard about every possible HOA conflict, I read a news report like this one. Across the US, there are some planned communities targeted to pilot homeowners with private aircraft. Each home comes with its own airplane hangar, and the community has its own runways. …

Beware the HOA Scam!

  Source: Beware the HOA Scam! (On Neighbors at War) guest blog by Deborah Goonan (IndependentAmericanCommunities.com) The HOA industry, and the politicians who support the industry – perhaps for dubious reasons – use the same talking point, over and over again: “Vote the bums out!” What a joke! As many have pointed out here on this blog, …

Former NC HOA President arrested for theft of $140K

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here's this week's new report of another HOA embezzlement. After a District Attorney office investigation, Elaine Lofton was arrested for allegedly taking over $140,000 from Manor House Condominiums in Hickory, NC. The thefts occurred over a six-year period, from 2008 to 2014.   Hickory Woman Accused of Embezzling …

6 Common Enemies of the HOA Industry

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ward Lucas (author of Neighbors at War) makes some great points in his recent blog, Rules for Radical HOAs. Ward argues that a significant portion of residential real estate has moved slowly but surely away from traditional hometown democratic local governance - based upon the principles of the US …