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Who will win the battle over rental restrictions in HOAs?

HOA suburb aerial view

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com In the U.S., we have a raging battle between two different kinds of property owners: traditional homeowners and investors. The former buy a home as a place to live. The latter purchase homes for the purpose of generating rental income. The heat of the battle is concentrated at the lower end of the housing market, limiting the supply of affordable housing for sale and for rent in America. Continue ReadingWho will win the battle over rental restrictions in HOAs?

Residents endure stench of fish kill in HOA retention pond

Suburban pond lake sidewalk storm water woes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Goodyear’s Estrella Mountain Ranch is working with Arizona Lake and Pond Management to control a chronic algae bloom in North Lake. Newland Company is the master planner of the community. The HOA released a statement, which says, in part…“planned communities and golf courses with manufactured lakes have been challenged with the extended period of excessive heat, which has contributed to the loss of oxygen levels in the lakes.” It’s Continue ReadingResidents endure stench of fish kill in HOA retention pond

Is CAI pushing HOA-industry trade group propaganda?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This morning in my Twitter feed, I stumbled upon the most recent Public Relations video by HOA-industry trade group, Community Associations Institute (CAI). It’s an attempt to urge housing consumers to “be an informed home buyer.” In its latest defensive move, CAI directly addresses highly unpopular and controversial rules in HOA-governed communities. If you’ve been following HOA news across the U.S., you know that HOAs are getting a Continue ReadingIs CAI pushing HOA-industry trade group propaganda?

HOA, condo, co-op News Roundup (Sept. 1, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   New HOA laws in SC don’t rein in corruption; FL HOA to fine police officer for parking violation; NE residents fear their road will collapse into a cavern below; bankrupt condo association living with blue tarps over their rooftops.   Say it isn’t so! New HOA laws don’t help homeowners (SC) State Rep. Russell Fry tells WMBF’s investigative reporter that he knows HOA statutes, which became effective January Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op News Roundup (Sept. 1, 2019)