New details released surrounding NC HOA racial profiling incident

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week Jasmine Abhulimen, a North Carolina resident of Glenridge community, posted a video of one of then HOA board member Adam Bloom, who called the local police because he did not believe Abhulimen was a resident with the right to use the community’s private pool. Because she and her son were the only black people at the pool, and Bloom did not ask anyone else to show their Continue ReadingNew details released surrounding NC HOA racial profiling incident

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Co-op and condo nightmares in New York gain national attention

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Articles like When a Co-op Board Misbehaves, in the The New York Times, play a key role in mainstreaming public awareness of corruption, abuse of power, and dysfunction in association-governed, common interest communities. Finally, condo owners and co-op shareholders who, for many years, have endured conflicted and abusive board members in the shadows, are coming out in the open with their shocking stories.   When a Co-op Board Misbehaves By Continue ReadingCo-op and condo nightmares in New York gain national attention

Florida HOA’s bitter legal dispute, threat of foreclosure over $25 late fee

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is HOA rule enforcement a tool to harass owners and take their homes? According to Dave Silva, owner of a townhouse in Ventura Greens at Emerald Dunes, that’s the motive behind his HOA’s attempt to foreclose on his home. Florida’s Palm Beach Post has been following this saga for months. Silva, a former board member, says one of his 2014 assessment payments was sent, in error, to a former management company. Continue ReadingFlorida HOA’s bitter legal dispute, threat of foreclosure over $25 late fee

MI condo owners ask — is “breaking and entering” just a “civil matter?”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ed Zaorski and Tony Richter, two Catholic priests serving the Detroit area, have owned a condo at Harbour View Pointe, Linwood, MI, for nearly 7 years. The modest lake view property serves as a peaceful respite from their hectic city lives. Each of the 23 homes in the Harbour View Pointe has a front porch overlooking majestic Lake Huron. In early 2015, Zaorski and Richter decided to make that view Continue ReadingMI condo owners ask — is “breaking and entering” just a “civil matter?”

Texas HOA President arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

Teen says board President threatened him and a friend with his gun By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today I share a stunning example of how power corrupts in homeowners’ associations. In the Mirror Lake subdivision (north of Houston, in Spring, Texas), HOA President David Warner was arrested last week for threatening a teen with his gun. What prompted this bully behavior? According to reports, Warner has accused two teenage residents of speeding in Continue ReadingTexas HOA President arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon