Poinciana, one of the largest developer-controlled HOAs in Florida, has a $1M budget shortfall

Is outsourcing assessment collections the answer to community’s financial woes? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated October 1, 2018 Poinciana’s city-sized master homeowners’ association, Association of Poinciana Villages (APV), has been struggling to catch up with its expenses for at least the past decade. The downward spiral began with the last great recession, when thousands of the community’s working class homeowners lost their jobs and fell behind on their monthly HOA assessment obligations. APV Continue ReadingPoinciana, one of the largest developer-controlled HOAs in Florida, has a $1M budget shortfall

Poinciana 2017 HOA election ruled invalid by State

FL Division of Business and Professional Regulation orders new Village elections in August. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Orlando Sentinel reports that a homeowner has prevailed in an election dispute with Association of Poinciana Villages in an Arbitration ruling last week. The ruling represents a victory for homeowners, and a step toward a more fair election process that owners hope will finally wrest control away from developer Avatar, also known as AV Continue ReadingPoinciana 2017 HOA election ruled invalid by State

Poinciana HOA update: Court won’t uphold Arbitration ruling that made 2017 election invalid

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Is regulation of association-governed communities possible? Some states, such as Florida, California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Virginia have attempted to protect housing consumers with various state agencies: Ombudsman offices; Attorney General-Consumer Protection divisions; administrative offices that regulate businesses and issue professional licenses. But all of these efforts have yielded disappointing results for taxpayers and consumers. Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is a prime example. Continue ReadingPoinciana HOA update: Court won’t uphold Arbitration ruling that made 2017 election invalid

Poinciana owners say developer cast thousands of invalid votes in HOA election

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Conflicts over who should control Poinciana, one of Florida’s largest homeowners associations with 26,000 homes, have been ongoing for years. At the heart of the matter is the fact that the 44 year old planned community – a Census designate place near Orlando – remains primarily under the control of developer Avatar (AV Homes). Poinciana’s homes are divided into 9 separate Villages, each with their own HOA or Condo Continue ReadingPoinciana owners say developer cast thousands of invalid votes in HOA election