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Community Associations, HOAs should seek to remove offensive covenants

Rodgers Forge, Towson, MD, seeks to eliminate racist covenants. But why can’t owners and residents in HOAs challenge any restrictive covenant or law that violates the rights of Americans? Every year I read reports of homeowners shocked and dismayed to learn that deed restrictions on their vintage or historic home contain blatantly racist rules against selling one’s home to any non-white person. Although the courts deemed such restrictions unenforceable in 1948, housing discrimination was not Continue ReadingCommunity Associations, HOAs should seek to remove offensive covenants

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Chicago homeowners unable to override condo board’s $500K special assessment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE on State Parkway Condo Association’s vote on special assessment: According to condo owner Michael Novak, State Parkway Condominium Association’s accountant, James P. Cherep, MBA, CFE, has officially tabulated condo association member votes with regard to the board-approved $500,000 special assessment. Only 29.05% of association membership voted to veto the board’s special assessment. The remaining 70.95% of condo owners abstained from voting. Non-votes are automatically presumed to be Continue ReadingChicago homeowners unable to override condo board’s $500K special assessment

Koller Pointe HOA threatens lawsuit against developer

Homeowners frustrated with unfinished public improvements By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Koller Pointe is a 140-unit planned community of new construction single family homes selling for around $350,000. The first custom built homes were sold in 2006. But since the real estate market crashed in 2007-2008, remaining lots have been slow to sell. Bobby Jackson, President of the 3-member HOA board, tells The York Dispatch that only one vacant lot remains in Koller Pointe. But Continue ReadingKoller Pointe HOA threatens lawsuit against developer

Timarron Lakes HOA seeks FEMA flood relief, storm drainage improvements

In the aftermath of Harvey, Woodlands Township, Counties, and MUD will each play a role In previous blog posts, I explained that, in general, association governed communities are not eligible for cash assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for post-disaster clean up and repairs. FEMA does not provide taxpayer funding for mandatory community associations, because, by law and for tax purposes, they are private organizations, not government entities. An exception might be made for Continue ReadingTimarron Lakes HOA seeks FEMA flood relief, storm drainage improvements