Leisure World MD homeowners object to $5.2M administrative building

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A retirement community of 8,500 residents in Maryland is embroiled in an ongoing dispute over the cooperative corporation’s proposal to spend. $5.2 million on construction of a brand new administration building. ABC7 reports that hundreds of residents showed up for a recent town hall meeting on the subject. The meeting was organized by Leisure World residents, including Sheryl Katzman and Bob Ardike. Both Katzman and Ardike say that most Continue ReadingLeisure World MD homeowners object to $5.2M administrative building

Does Fair Housing case set precedent for age restricted HOA communities?

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Fair Housing claims are all too common in homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. But how do Fair Housing Laws apply to age-restricted communities? A recent example in Lakeland, Florida, is particularly noteworthy. Skyview Estates is a 55+ age-restricted, gated, manufactured home community. The HOA board recently denied housing to Nikole Haase, a woman with cerebral palsy. Nikole is 27 years old, uses a wheelchair, and requires assistance with daily living.  Nikole Continue ReadingDoes Fair Housing case set precedent for age restricted HOA communities?