Queen Village homeowners sue HOA over noise violations caused by gated entry

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Meagan Regina and Matt Iannone, a young millennial couple, were married in 2013, in Philadelphia. Matt is an engineer for the U.S. Navy, Meagan works for a non-profit community organization. Their love of historic homes and a waterfront setting drew the couple to Queen Village, where they spent many weekends searching for just the right home that would be spacious enough to start a family. In August 2016, in Continue ReadingQueen Village homeowners sue HOA over noise violations caused by gated entry

HOAs, condos, & co-ops much more than ‘contractual communities’

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Last week several readers forwarded a link to California Attorney Tyler Berding’s opinion that association governed communities are ‘contractual.’ Berding makes his case that even though common interest communities appear to have qualities in common with government, they are purely contractual in nature. The Contractual Community Why Community Associations Are Not “Governments” By Tyler P. Berding, JD., Ph.D. Excerpt: Most of the law of community associations, both common Continue ReadingHOAs, condos, & co-ops much more than ‘contractual communities’

Homeowners testify in opposition to UCIOA bill in Washington State

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What can be done about dysfunctional association-governed, common interest communities? A volunteer legal committee of the Washington Bar Association has been working to answer that question for more than a decade. They’ve arranged numerous meetings with stakeholders such as developers, home builders, and lenders to hammer out fundamental policy disagreements. But, until now, state Legislators have not heard from actual consumers — homeowners and residents of condominium, cooperative, and Continue ReadingHomeowners testify in opposition to UCIOA bill in Washington State

PA Rep. reintroduces homeowner bill that would harm residents of HOAs, condos, and co-ops

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Feature image: State seal of Pennsylvania; image by Henrik on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike). By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Pennsylvania House Bill 595 is a clear example of a state legislator pushing a bill that, on the surface, looks like it will help housing consumers, but, in reality, it is either unhelpful or downright harmful. I call it “window dressing,” and in this case, it completely blocks out the sunshine. Continue ReadingPA Rep. reintroduces homeowner bill that would harm residents of HOAs, condos, and co-ops