IN Judge rules in favor of HOA, says City of Charlestown’s fines are unconstitutional

Judge agrees with HOA’s complaint that City of Charlestown acting in collusion with private developer   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I have been following reports from Charlestown, Indiana, for more than three years. That’s how long Mayor Bob Hall has been working on his grand redevelopment plan for the city. It all …

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Archive: Charlestown, Indiana and eminent domain

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Archived posts from Neighbors at War blog (Ward Lucas)   Indiana Residents Fighting Eminent Domain for Private Development Originally posted on Neighborsatwar.com October 31, 2014, guest blog by Deborah Goonan I follow Institute for Justice on social media. See the link below for their recent press release about the Pleasant …

California Corporate Owners Association destroys church’s Christmas Nativity Scene

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The holiday season would not be complete without another dispute over holiday decorations, especially display of religious symbols. CBS New Channel 8 reports that Ranch Maintenance Agreement (RMA) Association in Oceanside, through its management company, STOS Partners, cited Pastor Openshaw for placement of a Nativity Scene on association property, …

Poinciana HOA update: Court won’t uphold Arbitration ruling that made 2017 election invalid

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Is regulation of association-governed communities possible? Some states, such as Florida, California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Virginia have attempted to protect housing consumers with various state agencies: Ombudsman offices; Attorney General-Consumer Protection divisions; administrative offices that regulate businesses and issue professional licenses. But all of these efforts …

What is HOA trade group’s 2018 Legislative agenda?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As 2017 comes to an end, housing and consumer advocates that are concerned about legislative reform need to keep a close eye on what trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) is up to. In case you missed it, here is CAI’s legislative agenda for 2018. https://cloudup.com/cJmfgfxaa1J Unfortunately, too …

Poor urban planning, unkind attitudes lead to unreasonable parking restrictions in CA HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Donie Vanitzian’s column in the L.A. Times is a great inspiration for my Sunday blog. This week’s Q&A addresses a very common source of conflict in increasingly dense housing governed by private homeowners’ associations: parking restrictions. But don’t just read the column. Be sure to read the comments, …

Fire safety, property damage serious concerns for condo, apartment dwellers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Multifamily housing such as apartments, stacked condominiums, and townhouses present numerous potential risks for property owners and residents. One of the most serious risks is the potential for property damage, personal injury, or even death due to a fire. Unfortunately, many older multifamily housing structures have not been …

Some HOA amenities falling out of favor, disappearing for good

Homeowners lament loss of their favorite hobbies - and property values By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Quite often I hear from homeowners who tell me that, while they are frustrated with their homeowners’ association, they are reluctant to move because they enjoy their community amenities. On the other hand, I also hear from …

Mixed Use dispute: condo owners ask judge to shut down bar business

Bar owner, Lyndsay Edmonds, countersues condo association   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Bay City, Michigan, is the site of another typical legal dispute between commercial and residential unit owners of a mixed use condominium association. According to reports in Bay City News, the 12-unit Shearer Block Condo Onwer’s Association is suing Edmonds …