Homeowners want to know: what’s taking HOA so long to fix the pool?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Summer in Las Vegas — daytime temperatures more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, overnight low temps above 80 degrees. In that intense heat, the main reason residents of Qunitessa at Mountain’s Edge dare to venture outside is to take a quick dip in the community swimming pool. But this summer, …

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HOA, County, VDOT passing the buck to homeowner for $78K stormwater pipe repair

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s a story that should be getting widespread national attention, because, with aging storm water infrastructure failures across the U.S., anyone could find themselves in a similar predicament — especially if their home is located within the boundaries of a homeowners’ association. Imagine how stressful and frustrating it would …

More homeowners stand up against HOA bullies and abuse

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated July 6, 2018   10:06 P.M. Continuing in the spirit of Independence Day, today’s post highlights three examples of homeowners fighting back against nasty neighbors and HOA board members. How do they do it? In all three cases, instead of cowering in fear, these homeowners expose abusive, HOA …

Homeowners, HOAs report damage to vinyl siding, fire hazards caused by Low-E windows

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A perfect storm of building regulations, smaller lot sizes, and HOA restrictions creates worries and additional costs for homeowners By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In the past year, several local television news stations have highlighted consumer headaches caused by energy efficient windows. According to several reports, including an official educational statement written for National …

Is the tide turning with respect to private property rights of HOA residents?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This Independence Day, IAC reflects upon recent events that indicate that the courts and real estate developers are rethinking the management industry’s decades-old attempt at restricting property rights by way of restrictive covenants. Residents of property governed by homeowners’ associations are increasingly challenging the HOA’s rights to enforce restrictive …

This voluntary HOA keeps trying to save White Bear Lake (MN)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Most of the posts here on IAC inform readers about issues and drama occurring in communities governed by mandatory homeowners’ associations. But readers also need to know about voluntary HOAs, and the various purposes they serve. While some voluntary HOAs, such as Forest Hill HOA in Cleveland, exist primarily …

Oakwood HOA faces lawsuit filed by parents of shooting victims

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On May 27 (2018), according to local reports, four teens fired gunshots into the Clubhouse in the Oakwood subdivision in Lakeland, Tennessee, wounding three teenagers attending the party. A resident and member of Oakwood HOA says she rented the Clubhouse for a Sweet 16 birthday party for her goddaughter. …

HOA Common interest community real estate trends

Changes coming to HOA, condo neighborhoods The industry keeps trying to tweak the HOA, condo product. But do recent changes improve communities, or simply cause new problems? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Six new trends are likely to make homeownership more complicated, and less predictable than ever before. 1. Site Condominiums In Michigan, it …

Critics say scanning for radioactivity at Hunters Point HOA is nothing more than a PR stunt (CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When land becomes scarce and housing demand is high, city and county governments find it very tempting to redevelop brownfields. A brownfield, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): ...is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence …

Federal Housing Authority confirms investigation of Michigan HOA for religious discrimination

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A federal lawsuit has prompted an investigation of Bay View Association, a seasonal community in Michigan, whose board recently enacted a policy requiring all of its property owners to be practicing Christians, affiliated with a church. See this AP news release: Feds investigate Michigan resort community that requires …