By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In past decade or so, real estate developers and investors started targeting private and common interest community housing to specific groups of buyers, based upon religious background. But, is it legal under U.S. Fair Housing Act of 1968? The answer, it appears, is not obvious. Joppatowne, MD lawsuits focus on alleged Muslim-only community For example, in October of 2017, Faheem Younus, developer of River Run, made national headlines when Continue ReadingHas the HOA community association created a new vision for Fair Housing?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to an article in Darien News, owners of 30 units at Clock Hill Condominiums can barely afford to pay their condo and land lease fees, as they struggle to maintain their common property. Condo owners pay $70 per month to lease land from the City of Darien, and an extra $300 per month in condo association fees for maintenance. Most of the residents are living on Social Security Continue ReadingCondo ownership not so affordable in Darien (CT)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Buyers and investors purchase condos, expecting that the association will maintain a safe and attractive property. Unfortunately, many condo owners find that their HOA doesn’t live up to their expectations. Even worse, some condo HOAs put off major repairs and avoids renovations. In other cases, deferred maintenance or shoddy renovations result in safety hazards. Check out this roundup of condominiums that aren’t aging well. Balconies could collapse Continue ReadingCondo owners, tenants deal with safety hazards
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last month, State Superior Court Judge Christine A. Farrington issued her opinion on a 2-year-old legal dispute over Ramapo Mountain Lake (RML) Association’s legal rights to demand dues and place liens on more than 800 of its nearby homes. In short, Farrington ruled that RML is a common interest community (planned real estate development). As such, each property owner is legally obligated to pay annual assessments to maintain its Continue ReadingNJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes