Leisure World MD homeowners object to $5.2M administrative building

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A retirement community of 8,500 residents in Maryland is embroiled in an ongoing dispute over the cooperative corporation’s proposal to spend. $5.2 million on construction of a brand new administration building. ABC7 reports that hundreds of residents showed up for a recent town hall meeting on the subject. The … More Leisure World MD homeowners object to $5.2M administrative building

Poinciana: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Residents of Poinciana, a Census Designated Place governed by one of the country’s largest homeowner associations, were hopeful that a recent Arbitrator’s order to conduct a new election would result in more homeowner representation on their Village and Master Association boards. Those hopes were crushed on August 1st, when … More Poinciana: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

Update: NV Supreme Court rules in favor of GSE loan servicers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Real estate auction investors who purchased hundreds of properties at HOA foreclosure sales for pennies on the dollar are reeling at this latest Supreme Court ruling in Nevada. In 2014, Nevada Supreme Court ruled that an investor who purchases an HOA foreclosure can wipe out the first mortgage by … More Update: NV Supreme Court rules in favor of GSE loan servicers

Struggling Golf Courses spark complaints from HOA communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   An oversupply of golf courses, many of then integrated into planned communities, has led to hundreds of golf business owners deciding to sell and move on. But what will become of former golf course land?     Will the circle be unbroken: Walden Lake golf course gets a trim, … More Struggling Golf Courses spark complaints from HOA communities

FEMA assistance bill for HOAs in Congress: Is it fair?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For several years, trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been working with Congressional Representatives to attempt to push through federal legislation that puts private communities – homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations – on par with publicly governed communities and private residences when it comes to receiving FEMA funds for … More FEMA assistance bill for HOAs in Congress: Is it fair?

HOA, condo, co-op corruption, fraud, theft roundup (July 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Fort Collins accountant pleads guilty to theft (CO) Sarah Jane Kyle , sarahkyle@coloradoan.com Published 4:38 p.m. MT June 26, 2017 A Fort Collins accountant accused of stealing from two of her clients took plea deals in two criminal cases against her Monday. Meredith Kanter, also known as Molly … More HOA, condo, co-op corruption, fraud, theft roundup (July 2017)

HOA, Condo, Co-op legislation highlights (July 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California   SB-407: Common interest developments: noncommercial solicitation. (July 18) The bill has passed the Assembly and is now in the Senate. CA SB 407, as amended, clarifies that a common interest community’s governing documents may not prohibit a member’s right to “peacefully assembly and freely communicate” on association … More HOA, Condo, Co-op legislation highlights (July 2017)

Insurer denies coverage to Chicago condo association, owners to pay $500K in legal expenses

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It has been a while since my last article on the long-running legal battle between State Parkway Condominium Association and condo owner Michael J. Novak. Well, the legal battle rages on, as reported in Loop North News. (See below) Novak, a Certified Public Accountant, continues his fight for access to … More Insurer denies coverage to Chicago condo association, owners to pay $500K in legal expenses

Why do HOA residents rarely organize and fight back against injustice?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The latest association-governed common interest community (HOA) industry PR effort that appears to be news – but is not news – is a report from WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. The gist of this report is that, when your HOA is non-responsive, read your governing documents, organize a group … More Why do HOA residents rarely organize and fight back against injustice?