Love children? Avoid a 55+ homeowers’ association

By Deborah Goonan In the state of Florida, where I live, Active Adult and 55+ communities are fairly common. Apparently the trend continues in Arizona, also a retirement mecca. Personally, I don't see the attraction, but those I know who have chosen to live in an age-restricted "retirement" community tend to like having other people …

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Homeowners caught in middle of legal dispute could lose their homes

By Deborah Goonan Now here's a bizarre situation. Channel 9 News Orlando reports that several homeowners have had liens placed on their homes by One GMA, and, in all, 145 owners are alleged to be delinquent on their assessment payments. But owners say there has been confusion over where to send assessment payments. Many of …

Acts of kindness make for a true sense of community

by Deborah Goonan This heart-warming story stands in stark contrast to the ones we usually hear about in HOA-Land. That's probably because this story is about a neighborhood without a Homeowners' Association to "protect" property values through strict enforcement of numerous rules and restrictions. You know, rules like, "don't paint your backyard swing set purple, …

EEOC files suit against Vail CO condo association, management company

By Deborah Goonan Here's another potential liability of owning property in a condo or homeowners' association. Your Association could be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for sexual harassment, national origin discrimination, and retaliation. Recent case filed: EEOC v. Vail Run Community Resort Association, Inc. and Global Hospitality Resorts, Inc. The EEOC alleges that Vail …

Update on the Purple Playground: Video from Raintree Lakes HOA

Posted By Deborah Goonan Commentary: Raintree Lakes HOA had a meeting last night. It looks like quite a few neighbors showed up to support homeowner Marla Stout. See both videos. I'd say the homeonwers are not at all happy. But I am pleased to see that owners are NOT apathetic, and that they have actually …

Court documents will be unsealed in NV HOA fraud investigation

Posted by Deborah Goonan Kudos to the Nevada Review Journal for fighting for the public's right to know exactly what happened in the largest HOA criminal corruption ring ever investigated. Jeff German at the News Journal has been on top of this story for nearly 8 years. You can read about the court victory here. …

How the Color Purple Makes you an Outlaw in Raintree Lake HOA

By Deborah Goonan One of my favorite childhood books was Mr. Pine's Purple House. Some of you might remember this children's classic, where Mr. Pine lives in a long line of plain white houses that all look the same. He longs to make his home stand out from the rest, to express his individuality. He …

Florida HOA resists environmentally friendly landscapes

By Deborah Goonan Add Florida to the list of states where there seems to be an ongoing battle between homeowners - who want to save water and reduce the need for chemical treatment of lawns - and their homeowners' associations. While there are some HOA communities that have embraced the idea of Florida Friendly landscapes, …

Let’s Get Some National Attention on HOA, Housing Issues

By Deborah Goonan Calling all concerned advocates and professionals: while many of you have been making efforts to improve living conditions for HOA residents within your own states, it's time to start contacting your representatives at the federal level, too. I have written the following summary, which you can email to your Congressional Representatives and …

Opinion: FL legislation will harm, not help Condo and Homeowners’ Association residents

By Deborah Goonan I can’t say I’m surprised, but I am thoroughly disgusted by the nature of HOA legislation that has passed the 2015 Legislative session, despite the fact that the FL House threw in the towel 3 days early. Given the hostile nature of other pending bills, it was probably a blessing in disguise. …