6-Year Old Condo – $8.7 Million Special Assessment

By Deborah Goonan Originally posted on Neighbors at War St. Petersburg’s Signature Place condo is in the news again. Condo owners have known for months that there were construction defects with leaky windows. Well, now that portions of stucco have been removed and walls have been opened up to assess the extent of the problem, …

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HUD policies on Fair Housing, Affordability, thrust HOAs into the federal spotlight

by Deborah Goonan On July 16, 2015, HUD issued its final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). You can read about it here: http://www.huduser.org/portal/affht_pt.html#final-rule Over the past several weeks, AFFH has generated considerable political controversy, at least among those of us who are interested in land use and housing policy in the US. Here …

Owner Makes Dinosaur Statement in Texas HOA

By Deborah Goonan Now here's a homeowner that understands that homeowners' association rules of conformity do not create true communities. Communities are about people. And every person is unique. So why not express some creativity, and add a bit of fun and whimsy to your property? Shake things up a bit. It might just get …

Condo Owners Face Uncertainty After Fire Destroys their Home

By Deborah Goonan Now here's a report from Warwick, Rhode Island, about a couple who lost their condo building to fire in March 2015. The place was a total loss, and although their insurance company has been paying their rent at a different location for months, James Simmons and Susan Gaipo face numerous obstacles ahead. …

Victory for HOA homeowners: Judge rules Purple Playground can stay!

By Deborah Goonan More good news! Yesterday, the Stout family was informed that their children's back yard playground can stay, despite Raintree Lake Homeowners' Association's objections.  The Stout family has gained national attention over the dispute with their HOA, and were even threatened with jail time if they refused to remove the playground. Their neighbors …

A 15-minute Handicapped parking space at your condo?

By Deborah Goonan Several times a month I read a report of alleged or confirmed Fair Housing law violations. But this is the first time I have ever heard of a handicapped parking space that is also posted for 15-minute parking only. The news report does not identify the name the Jacksonville area Association. Where …

Homeowners in legal war allege retaliation by condo board

Posted by Deborah Goonan Another day, another report of conflict and power struggle in a condo association. This one is located in Margate, FL. The building and grounds at Applegreen Condo are clearly showing their age, and are in serious need of repair. Owners want to know where their $214 per month dues are going? …

Progress is Possible: TX HOA Developers must now allow solar panels

By Deborah Goonan Good news today! The state of Texas just passed a new law (SB 1626) that will now allow homeowners to install solar panels, overriding any HOA developer restrictions against such modifications during construction phases. The new law applies to subdivisions of 50 or more homes. A step in the right direction, limiting …

Another HOA Community Divided

By Deborah Goonan Now that school is back in session in Florida, getting the children to and from school has become a divisive issue in Hollowbrook HOA in Casselberry. The community has a sidewalk shortcut to the rear of the Red Bug Elementary School. This issue: parents from outside the Hollowbrook community have discovered the …

Why is there no accountability in Homeonwers’ Associations?

Posted by Deborah Goonan From Neighbors at War A Great Newspaper Column! Ward Lucas August 13, 2015 Newspaper columnists who favor the Homeowners Association system are getting about as rare as hen’s teeth. On the other hand, many many journalists are finally ‘getting it.’ Either they’ve been bitten themselves, or they’ve had a flood of …