Disabled Vet sues City of Colorado Springs, his HOA and management company

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to a report in The Gazette, disabled veteran Chris Sweeney is fed up. For four years, Sweeney has been navigating his wheelchair over and around blocked and broken sidewalks with missing curb cuts. But even after numerous reports and complaints have been filed, no one has been willing to own most of the problems, and take steps necessary to bring the Stetson Hills community up to federal Continue ReadingDisabled Vet sues City of Colorado Springs, his HOA and management company

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Viriginia Beach community displays the mean side of beach condo living

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever dream of owning a condo by the beach, spending your Golden Years enjoying the sand and surf? What if you paid big money for your retirement dream home by the sea, but your access to the beach was blocked by a sand dune? And what if the condo association and its management company failed to address the problem? Such is the case alleged by 4 homeowners at Bays Continue ReadingViriginia Beach community displays the mean side of beach condo living

Shameful! City suggests that owners create an HOA in an attempt to exclude disabled tenants

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities There aren’t enough hours in the day to read, watch, analyze, and report on every print or video report related to Association Governed Housing, especially when you consider how housing policies affect greater society. The following article is just plain sickening. A group of homeowners who live in the very small town of Poland, Ohio, just outside of Youngstown and not far from the western border of Pennsylvania, have Continue ReadingShameful! City suggests that owners create an HOA in an attempt to exclude disabled tenants

County says homes sold as “no HOA” have HOA after all

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This report from Clay Township, Pennsylvania, is enough to make any taxpaying homeowner’s blood boil. Imagine if you were told at the time of purchase that your duplex home in a relatively small subdivision of 92 homes was not subject to the requirements of a homeowners association (HOA), only to find out several years later that there must be an active HOA before the township will assume maintenance of Continue ReadingCounty says homes sold as “no HOA” have HOA after all