MD HOA loses lawsuit with neighbor who does not reside in the community

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is a story you must pass onto your family and friends who do not live in an HOA - and don't plan to - and who believe they are immune to abuse and legal action by an overzealous homeowner's association board. Bill Peters, Bel Air, MD, just spent …

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Rhode Island now allows HOA super priority lien

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It looks like the HOA Industry, led by Community Associations Institute (CAI) is pushing the HOA Super Priority Lien. But instead of enacting legislation, CAI attorneys are engaging in amicus curiae or "friend of the court" briefs to influence Supreme Court decisions when legal disputes arise after an HOA …

FL Homeowner pilot sues his “Fly-In” HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Just when I think I've heard about every possible HOA conflict, I read a news report like this one. Across the US, there are some planned communities targeted to pilot homeowners with private aircraft. Each home comes with its own airplane hangar, and the community has its own runways. …

Beware the HOA Scam!

  Source: Beware the HOA Scam! (On Neighbors at War) guest blog by Deborah Goonan (IndependentAmericanCommunities.com) The HOA industry, and the politicians who support the industry – perhaps for dubious reasons – use the same talking point, over and over again: “Vote the bums out!” What a joke! As many have pointed out here on this blog, …

Former NC HOA President arrested for theft of $140K

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here's this week's new report of another HOA embezzlement. After a District Attorney office investigation, Elaine Lofton was arrested for allegedly taking over $140,000 from Manor House Condominiums in Hickory, NC. The thefts occurred over a six-year period, from 2008 to 2014.   Hickory Woman Accused of Embezzling …

6 Common Enemies of the HOA Industry

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ward Lucas (author of Neighbors at War) makes some great points in his recent blog, Rules for Radical HOAs. Ward argues that a significant portion of residential real estate has moved slowly but surely away from traditional hometown democratic local governance - based upon the principles of the US …

Will education improve HOAs?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     As more and more homeowners complain about living in Association Governed Residential Communities - homeowner and condo associations - local and national media are beginning to put out calls for personal horror stories. And they are getting them. Here's one of the latest from News 6 WKMG …

HOA nightmare – manufactured homes on rented lots

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Anyone thinking about purchasing a manufactured (mobile) home to place on a leased lot needs to watch this PBS video. The report exposes the truth behind this "affordable" path to home ownership. You may own the house free and clear, but you will always have to pay rent …

SC DOT: private owners, HOAs must fix dams before we can repair roads

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Back in October, record-breaking rainfall caused dozens of dams to fail in South Carolina, resulting in widespread flooding and millions of dollars worth of damages. The Governor declared the incident a disaster, and FEMA has been involved in clean up efforts. However, several months later, many dams have not …

HOA vs. Neighborhood Association – Apples vs. Oranges

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today I want to clear up some confusion about homeowner associations compared to neighborhood associations. Sometimes you will find that people describe both types of associations as similar. But nothing could be further from the truth. To use a common analogy, it's like comparing apples to oranges. As an …