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A classic case of selective enforcement, but HOA still wins in the end

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Fences make good neighbors, right? Well, not if you live in Shalimar Terrace, a Nampa, Idaho neighborhood governed by a homeowners association. KTVB reports that homeowners Eric and Bekah Graves have decided to settle a year-long dispute over their black ornamental fence. As part of the agreement, the Graveses will remove the fence before they move out of the neighborhood next May. The gist of the report comes Continue ReadingA classic case of selective enforcement, but HOA still wins in the end

Oregon lawsuit pits tenants against condo association, management

Families seeking $1.7 M in damages stemming from mold contamination By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I have found that small news journals can be a rich source of information and in-depth coverage of local politics, community disputes, and lawsuits that evolve from dysfunction in association-governed housing. The following article from The Register-Guard highlights three lawsuits against a 30-unit condo complex –  known as The Farm – in Eugene, Oregon. The back story on Continue ReadingOregon lawsuit pits tenants against condo association, management

What do HOA managers really think of the homeowners and residents they serve?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Do you know what the community association (HOA) management industry is up to? What is their agenda? What makes them tick? There are several wonks like me across the U.S. who follow websites, discussion threads, posts, advertisements, news releases, and general talking points of members of the industry who manage and serve association-governed communities. While much of the communication is rather dry and boring, I have found some Continue ReadingWhat do HOA managers really think of the homeowners and residents they serve?

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