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Rockhill HOA orders homeowners to remove child’s playhouse from backyard

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here we go again. Another HOA dispute over a child’s playhouse. Rockhill HOA, Blue Springs, Missouri, insists that the charming pink structure, tucked away in the back yard of the Goolsby family, must be removed. According to a report by KSHB 41/WISN, Kansas City, the HOA leadership says the play house looks like a shed, and sheds are prohibited by the community’s covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). But homeowner Continue ReadingRockhill HOA orders homeowners to remove child’s playhouse from backyard

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Stopping a condo to apartment deconversion is challenging

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A controversy brewing in Chicago provides more evidence that the market for association-governed housing is on the decline, especially condominiums. River Trails Condominium, 16 buildings 360 units, located in Prospect Heights, Illinois, is one of the latest multifamily housing communities that real estate developers covet for a deconversion. A deconversion is the process of undoing a condominium association and converting the entire community to rental apartments under one owner. Continue ReadingStopping a condo to apartment deconversion is challenging

Spike in HOA foreclosures – implications for legislative change

Updated Jan. 14, 2018 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The subject of foreclosure by association-governed communities is getting substantial attention in the past year or two, and that’s a good thing. Investigative reports, such as the following article published by The Arizona Republic at azcetnral.com, serve to increase public awareness of risks for homeowners, as well as the high potential for HOA abuse of its statutory powers. According to The Republic, Arizona HOA foreclosures Continue ReadingSpike in HOA foreclosures – implications for legislative change

Former Lynnhill residents awarded $100K from utility companies for abrupt shutoff

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Nearly a year has passed since State Senator C. Anthony Muse called for an investigation into alleged mismanagement of funds at Lynnhill Condominiums. Last fall, residents were abruptly forced to find alternate housing after Pepco and Washington Gas Light Company shut off utilities to the housing complex. No word from Maryland Attorney General’s (AG) office with regard to condo association mismanagement or misconduct, but the AG did order Pepco Continue ReadingFormer Lynnhill residents awarded $100K from utility companies for abrupt shutoff