By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Florida Legislature is considering several HOA, condo, and co-op bills that may impact your property rights, as well as housing consumer protections. Several bills would guarantee your Constitutional right to lease your property, for short- or long-term rentals There’s a huge battle brewing in the Sunshine state between owner-occupants and owners — primarily investors — who rent their property. Some full-time and seasonal residents complain about vacation rentals Continue ReadingFlorida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation updates (April 2019)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This year, Indiana Legislators are considering an important bill related to homeowners and condominium associations disputes. Many HOA disputes result in an impasse. That is, the association’s internal dispute resolution process is rejected by one or both parties, or the dispute cannot be resolved. When that happens, current statute in Indiana gives both parties the option of resolving their dispute through either mediation or binding arbitration, before commencing Continue ReadingIndiana – mandatory HOA mediation legislation (April 2019)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This past week, the controversial confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice had the effect of raising America’s awareness of the importance of due process to the U.S. Justice System. Likewise, it has shined the light upon the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Due process is a distinctly American concept that begins with the premise that an individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Effective due process Continue ReadingDoes an HOA respect your due process rights? Don’t count on it.
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is another crazy HOA with #StupidRules. According to a report from ABC 13 Eyewitness News, Summerwood HOA in Houston has a rule against parking any work or commercial use vehicles in the driveway of a home. That’s a huge deal for Joey Albritton, a very busy plumber by trade. His work van is too large to fit in the garage, but the HOA won’t allow him to park Continue ReadingIn this Texas HOA, working class residents feel unwelcome