AZ court ruling on HOA power to fine: a game changer in the industry?

HOA attorney complains that new court ruling makes it difficult to impose monetary fines By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In October, 2017, an Arizona appeals court ruled that, before an association-governed community can legally fine a resident for a violation of Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions (CC&Rs) or applicable Rules and Regulations, the HOA …


HOA, condo, co-op Golf Community updates (March 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Baytree golf course slated to become subdivision Mary Shanklin Orlando Sentinel Feb. 27, 2018 11:40 A.M. Central Florida’s Baytree golf course, with a clubhouse and 18 holes, in Tavares is on track to become a subdivision. The closed course at 129 Juniper Way sold this week for less …

Aspen Housing Authority debates assistance to preserve affordable condo HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Aspen, Colorado is one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country, a world-class resort town known for skiing, winter sports, and year-round outdoor recreation. Tourism is big business in Aspen, and that requires thousands of workers for hotels, bed and breakfast inns, restaurants, city and …

Smaller, more affordable housing doesn’t have to come with an HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s common knowledge that, following the worst real estate market in recent history, housing prices have rebounded in many fast-growing markets in the U.S. The result is that housing has become less affordable, whether you’re looking to buy or rent your next home. Clearly, the past several decades of …

UPDATE: Attack of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was motivated by a landscape dispute in estate home HOA.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

Update: Attack of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was motivated by a landscape dispute in estate home HOA.

Kentucky man pleads guilty to attack on Sen. Rand Paul that broke the lawmaker’s ribs

By Brooke Singman, Fox News, March 9, 2018

The man accused of violently attacking Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in November, leaving him with six broken ribs, pleaded guilty Friday.

Rene Boucher, Paul’s 59-year-old neighbor, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury.

A judge set sentencing for June 15.

Boucher, an anesthesiologist, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors are reportedly seeking a 21-month prison sentence for Boucher, but the charge carries up to 10 years in jail, and a $250,000 fine.

Boucher’s attorney, Matthew Baker, told Fox News Friday that his client is “relieved” to have “this phase of the case behind him.”

“He is looking forward to obtaining a complete resolution,” Baker said.

“This whole situation had absolutely nothing to do with anyone’s politics or political agendas or political parties,” Baker told Fox News. “It has been a longstanding dispute between two neighboring property owners over the issue of their property maintenance of lack thereof.”

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Will recent bizarre incidents in high profile HOAs get Congressional leaders interested in strengthening rights of homeowners?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

Two high profile incidents in HOA-governed estate home neighborhoods are gaining a lot of attention in the media recently. In both cases, U.S. Senators take issue with violations to property rights of homeowners.

The first incident occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Violent attack on U.S. Senator Rand Paul by his neighbor, Rene Boucher

Last week, U.S. Senator Rand Paul was violently assaulted by his neighbor, Rene Boucher, while mowing his lawn. There are all sorts of theories swirling about the internet as to the motive for the brutal attack, an assault that resulted in serious injuries for Paul – six broken ribs and fluid around the lungs, according to latest reports.

Was the surprise attack motivated by political differences? Boucher is said to hold very liberal views…

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FL condo association bans Christian music, bible study in meeting room

Fair Housing complaint filed with HUD   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Industry trade groups and developers’ sales agents sell condominium associations as “communities” that share more than just housing. They sell a lifestyle with that “cultivates a true sense of community.” But every week new reports of internal conflict, bullying and harassment, …

Should neighborhood covenants and HOAs last forever?

Across the U.S., a disturbing trend is taking place. The HOA industry is quietly making it possible to preserve CC&Rs — or revive them after expiration — without consent of all homeowners.   Correction (March 12, 2018): a previous version of this post noted that a majority of affected parcel owners attending a meeting could vote …

NC homeowners: many unanswered questions about HOA insurance claims

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Do you have a clear understanding of how your homeowners, condominium, or cooperative association is spending the money collected from you and your neighboring homeowners? For many homeowners, the answer to that question is a definitive NO. For example, according to a Fox 46 (WJZY) report from Charlotte, …

Homeowners of Lamplight Village fear fallout from $20M verdict

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In a follow up report on Lamplight Village, KTNV’s Darcy Spears interviews an attorney representing homeowners who were blindsided by the February verdict of $20 million against their HOA. You read that right. Homeowners say they were completely unaware of the lawsuit until they began reading about it on …

How HOA and non-HOA communities address crime problems & prevention

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As population density increases in some of the fastest growing real estate markets, crime rates also tend to go up. In many cases, municipal, county, and state governments have not increased the number of trained law enforcement officers to correspond with additional demand for services. The result is …