Do homeowners get the HOA board they deserve?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Thomas Jefferson. (n.d.). AZQuotes.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016, from AZQuotes.com Web site: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/1136694   You’ve probably heard this before: in an HOA, homeowners get the board they deserve. It’s often uttered by HOA industry spokespersons, along with the tired lament about how apathy is destroying Association Governed Housing. If only homeowners would care. If only they’d give a damn, get involved, and vote in elections. Then everything would be Continue ReadingDo homeowners get the HOA board they deserve?

Critical need for consumer-friendly HOA disclosure

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I read two very important articles on the subject of disclosure documentation and information made available to home buyers of property in Association Governed residential communities. (Homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations.) Both articles addressed the need for home buyers to perform due diligence when evaluating not just the home itself, but also the association governed common interest community. The Washington Post article by Ilyce Glilnk and Samuel J. Continue ReadingCritical need for consumer-friendly HOA disclosure

Homeowners fight HOA developers still in control of communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of the biggest myths perpetuated by homeowners’ association (HOA) industry trade groups – among them Community Associations Institute (CAI) – is that homeowners freely and democratically elect their Board of Directors/Trustees from amongst their neighbors. Nonsense. While a democratically-elected HOA Board might be the ultimate, ideal goal, reality plays out much differently for millions of homeowners across the U.S. One glaring factor that all of the industry’s marketing Continue ReadingHomeowners fight HOA developers still in control of communities

Illinois Legislature fails to consider legal protections for condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to Chicago attorney Norman Lerum, Illinois condominium owners have the deck stacked against them when it comes to resolving civil disputes with their condo associations. Even in cases where it can be proven that a condo board has failed to meet its fiduciary duty, owners cannot recover their expenses for legal fees. When a condo owner is faced with damages caused by the board’s actions or failure to Continue ReadingIllinois Legislature fails to consider legal protections for condo owners