Owners with no HOA, public sewer, face $11,404 tax assessment

Sanitary sewer Sewage cap

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Owners of twenty estate homes in the Greenbrook Manor subdivision, located in the Village of River Hills, recently learned they might have to pay a $11,404 special tax assessment to the city, to pay for a new sewer lift pump. No, Greenbrook Manor is not a planned community, and …

Instead of HOA, Community Development District enforces restrictions

Rules restrictions hand written

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A Community Development District in The Villages is enforcing deed restrictions, demanding that homeowners tear out driveway extensions, or face steep monetary fines. In my opinion, this is one of the most stupid and petty architectural covenants ever. But, even worse, in this case, it’s not an HOA enforcing …

New PA laws regulate homeowners not HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Quietly, and with little fanfare, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed several important amendments. New laws regulate homeowners, rather than their homeowners’ associations (HOAs). On October 19, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf approved HB 1499. The bill is now officially recorded as Act 84, amendments to Chapter 68, Real and Personal Property. This post …

More and more attorneys willing to sue the HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities IAC is reading an increasing number of reports about attorneys willing to sue your HOA. Sure, industry trade groups will attempt to convince Americans that residents are satisfied with life in a common interest community association. But, there’s no doubt about it: homeowners, condominium, and co-op associations are highly litigious …

Exposing corruption in the affordable housing industry

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do governments and private individuals spend affordable housing taxpayer dollars wisely? Critics say the industry is plagued by fraud and corruption. What exactly is “affordable housing?” How many times have you heard the industry claim that it’s essential to build condominiums in order to provide more affordable housing? Multiple meanings …

HOA to pay $31K, add handicapped parking for residents

Disabled handicapped parking sign

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As part of a legal settlement with four disabled residents who filed a HUD complaint, a PA HOA installs handicapped parking spaces as a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act. The Village of Valleybrook Homeowners Association agreed to a $31,000 settlement, including handicapped parking accommodations, for four disabled …

HOA security guard assaults resident of FL gated community

Former Allied Universal Security guard Joseph Golden arrested, out on bail By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Community Last Saturday, according to a report on NBC2, a resident of the Sandoval neighborhood in Cape Coral says that an HOA security guard attacked her as she tried to dirve through the entry gate. The woman says the …

HOA controversy updates (November 2018)

News Update chalkboard clock

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Periodically, IAC provides updates on previously covered HOA news. This post provides three updates: Status of Florida homeowners and HOAs waiting for KB Homes to honor their multimillion dollar out-of-court settlement involving improperly applied stucco Update on Illinois homeowners who were pressured into forming an HOA to take back …

HOA, condo & co-op case law, litigation highlights (October 2018)

Case law books court legal appeal

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities October 2018 highlights: some state laws won’t apply to your HOA; Associations hiring Private Eyes to collect delinquent dues; owners can’t sue the HOA attorney; California coastal access rights protected; updates to CA law with regard to construction defect lawsuits. Some Florida statutes not retroactive Depending on how their …

Ravine erosion threatens property, homeowners file lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a homeowner lawsuit recently filed in Fort Bend County, Texas, Weston Lakes POA is not addressing a serious erosion problem in their drainage ravine. Joe and Jill Nixon purchased what they thought was their dream home in Riverwood Forest at Weston Lakes in July 2015. But within …