Recipe for HOA abuse: too much power, no accountability

Originally posted on Independent American Communities:
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Reports of fed up, frustrated, and fearful owners of property in association-governed communities continue to pop up all across the U.S. Rebecca Lindstrom of 11 Alive interviews several homeowners of Greythorne, a Douglas County homeowners association, and their stories and complaints repeat a…

Builders deny construction defects, blame Daybreak HOA for improper maintenance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few weeks ago, I featured a news report from Daybreak HOA, South Jordan, Utah, where homeowners of relatively new homes face a huge special assessment needed for extensive repairs. (See Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes) Well, since the HOA has filed a … More Builders deny construction defects, blame Daybreak HOA for improper maintenance

Latest report: Half of Tymber Skan condos demolished

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE/Clarification: A reader clarified that when Tymber Skan was created, it was, in fact, divided into three separate sections, each with its own HOA. The HOAs for Sections 1 and 3 were, at one time, led by Lorenzo Pinkston. Since utilities  have been shut off, most of the … More Latest report: Half of Tymber Skan condos demolished

What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After listening to residents, and reading and learning about issues affecting association-governed common interest communities for more than five years, as well as writing about them for almost three years, something very important is happening. Finally, people are starting to discuss possible solutions to problems and alternative housing models. … More What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

Is there any good reason to keep HOAs? Here are some people who want out.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Despite the industry’s claims that most people are happy with their HOAs, there are more and more reports of people who are very dissatisfied. This website is chock full of examples of unhappy homeowners and residents, and association-governed communities in a perpetual state of conflict or chaos. Some are … More Is there any good reason to keep HOAs? Here are some people who want out.

In search of equality: are HOAs businesses or not?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA Industry’s point of view is inconsistent, in light of its legislative quest for equal access to FEMA disaster relief. Once again, the industry is exposing its tendency to promote a double standard with regard to homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations. Community Associations Institute (CAI) is notorious for being … More In search of equality: are HOAs businesses or not?

Vermont HOA residents, owners evicted from leased land

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners associations vary considerably in many ways, including size of membership, the type of residential dwellings, and the nature of shared obligations. Although most modern HOAs have been created by developers, prior to construction of new homes, some HOAs are created under different circumstances. Malletts Bay HOA, located in … More Vermont HOA residents, owners evicted from leased land

HOA homes lose value when developers, builders don’t follow through

One builder dumps unfinished roads on HOA, another home builder files bankruptcy By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In Madison County, Mississippi, home construction in the Chestnut Hill subdivision, which began in 2007, is only halfway completed. According to recent reports in the Northside Sun, only 50 of 100 planned homes have been built, and … More HOA homes lose value when developers, builders don’t follow through

Texas HOAs opt for infill of silt retention pond

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One reason local governments establish HOAs: to take care of on site storm water management. In many parts of the country, nearly every new housing development constructed in the past 30-40 years has required the establishment of a homeowners association to maintain storm water ponds, channels, and water diversion … More Texas HOAs opt for infill of silt retention pond

HOA, Condo Legislation updates: Hawaii

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As noted in a previous blog, several HOA and Condominium bills have been introduced in Hawaii this year. One of the most notable, HB 381, a proposal for establishment of a Condominium Ombudsman to handle dispute resolution, has died in committee, following testimony at a hearing held on February 8, 2017. … More HOA, Condo Legislation updates: Hawaii