HOA C.U.R.S.E. #4: FL Condo Law’s Loopholes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA C.U.R.S.E. = Consumer Unfriendly Regulatory Statute Example I have written about Condo Terminations in Florida and other states before, but today I want to highlight the portions of Florida statute that allow wealthy real estate investment firms and developers to takeover condominium associations and force remaining owners to …

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Cities, HOAs Eroding Democratic Principles

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is democracy disappearing in the US? Recently, the Institute for Justice (IJ) has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Pagedale, Missouri. In their recent public awareness campaign on social media, IJ has posted the following video, and has written a news release that recently appeared in …

NJ Legislation aims to make HOAs more accountable

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here's a legislative proposal written in reaction to claims for storm damage in June of this year. Apparently, owners of association-governed property had a difficult time getting insurance claims resolved because they could not get information about their association's policies. “Association Homeowners’ Protection Act of 2015″ (S3235) seems …

ARRL: “Opposing reasonable accommodation is unreasonable”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   On October 30, I shared the following video "The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Separating Fact from Fiction" I am re-sharing an updated version today. The video explains what the Amateur Radio Parity Act is all about, why it is needed, and why it should be supported. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMY-5U1cJ6E&feature=youtu.be So …

Apartment communities today, condos tomorrow

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you ever considered how the proliferation of Association-Governed residential communities affects members of the public who choose not to live in a common interest community? Do you think that, as a tenant or an buyer, you can easily avoid dealing with restrictions and rules - not to mention …

NV Condo association dues to increase 65%

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Las Brisas condominium association residents have just learned that their HOA assessments will be increasing from $154 per month to $255 per month, unless a majority of members can defeat the proposed budget by voting no on the increase. The chances of 51% of owners voting against the assessment …

The evolution of a failed condo association

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In contrast to the previous post about a luxury condo with a robotic parking garage, this Orlando Weekly article by Erin Sullivan provides an excellent summary of the history and demise of a modestly-priced lakefront condo community developed in the 1970s. I've written about Tymber Skan before, but …

Robotic parking at Brickell condo is a flop

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATE: Operator pulls out of Brickell condo’s disastrous robotic parking garage Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald http://www.ccfj.net/condoRobGarClosed.html It doesn't seem to matter how much urban chic your money can buy. Luxury condos with hi-tech features can also have their share of bad design. Owners in a Miami financial …

HOA Crime of the Week: Planting Flowers

Shared By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week's HOA "crime" is an owner having the audacity to plant flowers under a small tree in the front yard of her condo home. In a condo association, you don't own the land that the home occupies, even if that home is a townhouse or detached single …

Golf Course Communities are Changing

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As golf courses across the US go out of business, HOA communities built around them must come to terms with reality. Many of these golf course will be redeveloped, and will not remain golf courses or even green spaces. James DeHaven, Las Vegas Review-Journal, reports another twist on …