Pool Party fiasco at Craig Ranch

By Deborah Goonan ICYMI, here's the uncut video of Officer Eric Casebolt in action at Friday night's incidents in McKinney, Texas.  NPR reports that it took 10 police units to calm the chaos, and several Craig Ranch HOA residents are thankful for their assistance. Still, several experts question the level of response by Casebolt, alleging …

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Comparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: Fewer Landlord and Tenant rights

By Deborah Goonan This blog series - Are Homeowner and Condo Associations “Mini-Governments?” - will compare the typical governance structure of HOAs (using the term generically) to our local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Part 5. Key differences between Homeowners’ or Condo Associations and Local Governments in America: Diluted landlord …

HOA MicroManagement: When Do Rules Go Too Far?

By Deborah Goonan Rules and Restrictive Covenants (Deed Restrictions) are key features of Association-governed "communities" such as Homeowners and Condominium Associations and Cooperatives. All civilized communities benefit from basic rules to ensure a safe and healthy environment, and to prevent excessive noise and nuisances. For example, you will find that most cities, towns, and counties …

Let’s dispel some myths about the “contractual” nature of HOAs and Condos

By Deborah Goonan In a recent lengthy online discussion forum, on the topic of an Association's rules regarding display of flags, there was some vigorous back and forth about the fact that Association-controlled communities are controlled primarily by the CC&Rs contract (or Declaration of Condominium), rather than Constitutional law. The classic HOA industry argument is …

Comparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: More Rules and Restrictions

This blog series - Are Homeowner and Condo Associations “Mini-Governments?”- will compare the typical governance structure of HOAs (using the term generically) to our local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Part IV. Key differences between Homeowners’ or Condo Associations and Local Governments in America: HOA Rules are more restrictive   …

What happens when Developers break promises?

By Deborah Goonan In Pennsylvania, Silver Spring Township supervisors recently voted to approve development of a new HOA, a subdivision that will be called Woodbridge, to be built by Charter Homes and Neighborhoods. What makes this development approval remarkable is the fact that Charter has proven to be untrustworthy in the past. Homeowners from Charter's …

Comparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: Division of Power and Due Process

By Deborah Goonan This blog series - Are Homeowner and Condo Associations “Mini-Governments?”- will compare the typical governance structure of HOAs (using the term generically) to our local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Part 3. Key differences between Homeowners’ or Condo Associations and Local Governments in America: No Division of …

Comparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: Who’s in control, and how do we vote?

By Deborah Goonan This blog series, Are Homeowner and Condo Associations Mini-Governments? will compare the typical governance structure of HOAs (using the term generically) to our local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Part 2: Key differences between Homeowners’ or Condo Associations and Local Governments in America - Control and Voting Procedures So, how …

Are Homeowners’ Associations Mini-Governments?

By Deborah Goonan This blog series will compare the typical governance structure of Homeowners' Associations or HOAs (using the term generically to include condominium associations and property owners' associations) to US local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Part I. Your HOA is a corporation like no other The very first …