UPDATE: TX HOA Treasurer charged with $30K theft

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities blog Commentary: Big Wood Springs HOA, Katy, TX. Letha Thomas was arrested on charges of theft, unlawful use of credit card in the amount of $30,000.  UPDATE: Letha Anna Thomas was the former HOA Treasurer. New Board vows to be transparent and to conduct background checks on Board …

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Villa Homeowner seeks answers from HOA regarding tree removal

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog Last week I told you about another homeowner who has removed a large tree that was damaging his home, but his homeowners association wants him to plant another large tree in his yard. The problem: there's no room on the small lot with many underground utilities. This is …

Are Homeonwers’ Associations Mini-Governments?

By Deborah Goonan Independent American Communities Blog From time to time, you will hear elected officials refer to Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) - using the term generically to include condominium associations, cooperatives, and property owners’ associations - as "mini-governments." But are HOAs really comparable to U.S. local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic? Let's …

OR State Agency Files Discrimination Suit Against Cooperative

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog Commentary: From the news brief, it appears Hawthorne Garden Apartments is an age-restricted cooperative. The board reviews applications from new tenants and buyers. The couple filed a discrimination complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the agency has now filed suit against the Association …

CO City Councils defy state law and pass construction defects ordinances

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The state of Colorado has been engaged in a political war over how to handle construction defects for the past several years. At issue: current state law allows a majority of the Owners Association Board to vote for litigation against developers. Opponents of the current state law - backed …

Harbor Walk Condo owner sued following bankruptcy

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog By now, most consumers are aware of Chinese drywall, a defective product that emits toxic fumes that corrodes electronics and plumbing, and can cause health problems. For 10,000 affected homeowners, it turned their American Dream in to a nightmare. Michelle Germano of Norfolk, VA, was one of those …

Hamptons at MetroWest Condos “unfit for human habitation”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities blog After a mere 15 years, an Orange County judge reportedly declared that the Hamptons is "unfit for human habitation." This is a story that is repeating itself all over Florida and throughout the US. Condominiums and single family homes built at the turn of the century and during …

$109,000 in CA fair housing settlement, but only if homeowners move out

Shared By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Another report of fair housing discrimination by a homeowners association board, with all of the typical hallmarks. After filing a complaint with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in 2013, Allen and Cynthia Campbell have settled their dispute with Sonora Springs Homeowners Association. The complaint was …

3 surrender community manager certificates to state panel

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Three individuals doing business in Southern Nevada as Associated Community Management have surrendered their community manager certificates to a state panel that oversees Nevada’s homeowners associations.

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Owner vs. HOA: Large trees and small lots don’t mix

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities blog A large tree can be a desirable addition to a landscape, but it needs plenty of room to grow. Christopher Bain of Chapman Groves Homeowners Association in Oviedo, FL, learned that lesson the hard way. Many of the homes in the community were constructed in the 1990s, and some …