HOA required roof shingles could cost owners thousands

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Colorado homeowner says insurance won’t cover the full repair cost of her roof replacement following a hailstorm By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a report that aired on Denver7 last week, Piney Creek homeowner Kemberly DuBuke may have to replace her brand new roof. The homeowner just learned that her HOA won’t approve her new roof, because it doesn’t comply with updated HOA rules for acceptable roof shingles. Golf-ball sized hail damages roofs This Continue ReadingHOA required roof shingles could cost owners thousands

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?”

How media exposure keeps your HOA in line – sometimes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Thanks to Shu Bartholomew (Producer of On The Commons weekly radio broadcast on Fairfax Radio) for passing along this report from Chandler, Arizona, along with the following comment: Here we go again. An HOA approves a gate but then 2 years later says, “Ooops, we goofed you have to take the gate down”. If you have to get approval for every little change one makes on their PRIVATE property, shouldn’t the Continue ReadingHow media exposure keeps your HOA in line – sometimes

FL HOA prevents homeowner from replacing leaky roof

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A young couple from Florida, about to bring home a new baby, recently discovered they had a leaky roof. They own a single family detached house, in Bird Lakes homeowners association in Miami-Dade County. The leaks were so bad that Ivan and Krystle Paredes had to remove wall board from their bathroom, exposing mold. Rain water was collected in multiple buckets. In early February, the couple had made a request to Continue ReadingFL HOA prevents homeowner from replacing leaky roof