Is AL homeowner stuck with $60K storm sewer repair?

Developer is long gone, County says it is a private drain, and HOA blames tree roots – says it is not their  problem to fix By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Yet another report of storm water drainage headaches in a homeowners association. This one involves a 66 home subdivision – Saddlecreek HOA – … More Is AL homeowner stuck with $60K storm sewer repair?

Florida HOA battle lines drawn over drought ravaged lawns

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Central Florida is in the midst of a historic drought, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel. Conditions are so dry that portions of the St. Johns River have dried up, and wildfires have become a common occurrence. Most of the state’s water is supplied by underground aquifers … More Florida HOA battle lines drawn over drought ravaged lawns

PA owners stuck with road the borough cannot maintain, and there’s no HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Recently I posted a blog entitled Flooding and Erosion common problems faced by HOA planned communities. The topic generated considerable interest and comments on several discussion forums. One reader, an Urban Planning professional and consultant, challenged my assertion that sometimes municipal and county governments end up approving infrastructure that … More PA owners stuck with road the borough cannot maintain, and there’s no HOA

Private communities often come with burdensome costs

HOAs, condo associations pay extra for private infrastructure, amenities By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities About 4 or 5 decades ago, many local governments began approving new development of planned communities and condominiums. Many of these housing developments include private infrastructure and recreational amenities. But most buyers and homeowners do not realize the primary incentive … More Private communities often come with burdensome costs

More details revealed in case of double murder at Boston condo

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Since yesterday’s blog, several other news sources have reported additional details about the gruesome murder of Richard Field and Lina Bolaños in their South Boston penthouse condominium last Friday night. We now know the name of the condominium: Macallen Building, located at 141 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston. The … More More details revealed in case of double murder at Boston condo

How could a brutal double murder happen in a high-security, luxury, Boston condo?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED 7:50 PM EDT According to numerous reports, a tragic double murder occurred in an unnamed luxury Boston condominium this weekend. Two well-respected doctors, Richard Field and Lina Bolanos, were found deceased in their penthouse condo. The couple had been tied up, their throats slit allegedly by Bampumim Teixeira of … More How could a brutal double murder happen in a high-security, luxury, Boston condo?

West Virginia HOA seeks annexation to City

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The industry that builds, sells, and services association-governed common interest communities is fond of stating that these communities are an “institution” that is “here to stay.” And, in fact, the industry, and many local governments, have intentionally set the HOA trap for decades, with complicated statutes and land … More West Virginia HOA seeks annexation to City

HOA wants City to enforce parking ban on public streets

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Rosedale Place, located in Bossier City, Louisiana, is a gated community of 361 tidy homes. According to the HOA’s website, monthly assessments of $59.40 include lawn care to front and side yards (but not back yards), a small community pool and playground, and a clubhouse. The community covenants prohibit parking … More HOA wants City to enforce parking ban on public streets

Kansas Golf centered HOA may become third class city

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Highlands homeowners association has had its share of financial stress and turmoil. The golf course community, north of Hutchinson and within commuting distance to Wichita, was originally constructed in 1972. However, according to a recent article in Hutch News, the community consists of only 153 homes. The remainder of … More Kansas Golf centered HOA may become third class city

Tell your Mayor and Planning Commission – stop force feeding HOAs

Home buyers: Don’t want to pay HOA fees on top of property taxes? Not interested in private community amenities and the rules that come along with them? Prefer to choose your own contractor to provide landscape and exterior maintenance? Ask your Realtor to show you single family homes with no HOA. By Deborah Goonan, Independent … More Tell your Mayor and Planning Commission – stop force feeding HOAs