Comparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: Who’s in control, and how do we vote?

By Deborah Goonan This blog series, Are Homeowner and Condo Associations Mini-Governments? will compare the typical governance structure of HOAs (using the term generically) to our local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Part 2: Key differences between Homeowners’ or Condo Associations and Local Governments in America - Control and Voting Procedures So, how …

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Are Homeowners’ Associations Mini-Governments?

By Deborah Goonan This blog series will compare the typical governance structure of Homeowners' Associations or HOAs (using the term generically to include condominium associations and property owners' associations) to US local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Part I. Your HOA is a corporation like no other The very first …

Violence simmers, angry homeowners in Tamarac, FL HOA

Posted By Deborah Goonan Tsk, tsk, tsk! Another Florida HOA has evolved into a war zone. You must see this news 10 video of a Mainlands 3 HOA Board meeting to believe it. Screaming (with vulgar words bleeped out), a group of angry homeowners voting to recall the Board, physical altercations that might have been worse …

What should HOA Federal Regulation look like?  

By Deborah Goonan We have a huge, systemic problem in the US. It used to be that regulation was enacted and enforced to protect the People, the taxpaying constituents of government. The purpose of regulation was to uphold individual rights and to honor our federal and state Constitutions. Over the years, that original purpose has …

Judge to decide how to define “Family” for HOA in Frisco

By Deborah Goonan This is an update to an earlier blog about the Plantation Resort 2 in Frisco, TX. The PR2 HOA is filing suit against City House, to block use of a home they recently purchased and renovated for use as transitional living for homeless youths. The local CBS affiliate has been covering the …

Should there be federal standards and regulations for HOAs?  

By Deborah Goonan My colleagues and I have posed this question on several occasions in HOA discussion forums frequented by Community Associations Institute (CAI) members – mostly community managers and attorneys, with an occasional Board member. Of course, the knee-jerk HOA industry reply is “NOOOOO!” The standard mantra is that HOAs do not want or …

Frisco TX HOA blocks housing for homeless youths

By Deborah Goonan In my opinion, the attached news video illustrates some disturbing, negative social trends in HOAs. City House is a non-profit organization that teaches life skills to homeless youths, age 18-22. The organization also provides supervised transitional living in a home environment for these young adults, efforts which have proven successful for more …

HOA Residents Attempting to Become a Municipality

By Deborah Goonan The HOA, Association of Poinciana Villages (FL), wants to become a city. In fact, a group of residents have been attempting to become a municipal corporation for several years. Poinciana Incorporate Now Citizens Home Organization (PINCHOS) has completed a feasibility study submitted to Florida Legislature in August. It seems as though the large subdivision of Poinciana is …

Residents will never get fair treatment in HOAs, because of this fundamental flaw

By Deborah Goonan What would you say if I told you that your neighbor voted for the Mayor of your city seven times in the last election? And what if you learned in the news that the owner of the apartment high rise down town voted 240 times at the polls? What if your neighbor, …