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Is Joppatowne, MD, new home community violating Fair Housing Act?

Fair Housing complaint filed with HUD. Hartford County has stopped issuing building permits, and buyers cannot move in, pending outcome of lawsuit. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The latest controversy circulating on social media is a Fair Housing complaint involving River Run, a 55+ retirement community in Maryland. It all started when a real estate agent filed a complaint with Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Gina Pimentel says that the developers of River Continue ReadingIs Joppatowne, MD, new home community violating Fair Housing Act?

Dirty water and sewage backups: HOA Communities demand action from local governments

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In the 1950s through 1970s, municipal and county planning commissions issued permits to allow for the creation of various private communities, either with onsite water-sewer treatment facilities or hookups to public utility lines. But now sewage backups and dirty water plague some older communities with decades-old utility infrastructure. Residents are approaching their local government officials through their homeowners or condo associations, asking for help identifying the cause of the problems, Continue ReadingDirty water and sewage backups: HOA Communities demand action from local governments

Food for thought: are agri-hoods a good substitute for golf communities, or just another fad?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   By now it’s no secret that association-governed communities planned around a golf course are not as appealing to home buyers as they were 20 years ago. The number of golf players has been decreasing over the past decade, and most experts have opined that, at most, 20-40% of homeowners are committed golf club members in their communities. Generally, low membership levels do not generate enough revenue to keep Continue ReadingFood for thought: are agri-hoods a good substitute for golf communities, or just another fad?

HOA, condo, co-op fraud, theft, and corruption roundup (Oct. 2017)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month, HOA thieves and fraudsters are falling faster than autumn leaves.  Former HOA treasurer indicted on theft, fraud charges (AZ) By Kim Smith ksmith@gvnews.com Oct 18, 2017 Updated Oct 19, 2017 (1) Green Valley News A former HOA treasurer was arraigned Tuesday after being indicted on 16 counts of fraud, theft, forgery and computer tampering. Wendell Odean Byram, 80, is accused of stealing more than $204,000 from the Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op fraud, theft, and corruption roundup (Oct. 2017)