Phase 1 POA suing Millville by the Sea Master Association and others

Sand Dollar Village POA says developers cut off services, amenities to homeowners following a 2014 restructuring of the Master Community Association By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In some parts of the U.S., local governments are fond of approving developement plans for large scale common interest communities with thousands of homes and an elaborate array …

Utah: State Legislator battles her own HOA over outrageous fees, fines

Meanwhile, most developers set HOA fees artificially low, and association-governed communities remain virtually unregulated   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A report from KSL-TV highlights the trouble with association-governed communities — unpredictable fees, and internal community conflict when members fight about how to spend or save their collective money. Townhome owner Amanda Collins …

Tenant, owner nightmares continue with leaky, moldy condos

The Worthington, Marietta, faces huge financial challenges By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here’s another typical “affordable” condominium residential community near the end of its life cycle - The Worthington Condominiums, located in Marietta, Georgia. Cobb County records indicate that The Worthington consists of two buildings at 1960 and 1962 Spectrum Circle, both constructed in …

HOAs, condos, & co-ops much more than ‘contractual communities’

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Last week several readers forwarded a link to California Attorney Tyler Berding’s opinion that association governed communities are ‘contractual.’ Berding makes his case that even though common interest communities appear to have qualities in common with government, they are purely contractual in nature. The Contractual Community Why Community …

Here’s why it’s misleading to claim homeowners,’ condo, & co-op associations are ‘contractual’ communities

In response to renewed online discussion of the function and nature of association-governed, common interest communities, I am reposting an article from June 5, 2015.  Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In a recent lengthy online discussion forum, on the topic of an Association's rules regarding display of flags, there was some vigorous back and forth …

Condo owners to pay $145K special assessment to fund $5.2M renovation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Imagine scraping together the down payment to buy a half-million dollar condo, only to be hit with a $145,000 special assessment a year later. That’s the nightmare for several homeowners in Pinnacle Condominium Association, a 36-unit, 8-building complex in San Rafael, originally constructed in 1980, managed by RealManage. According …

AZ Legislator withdraws HOA foreclosure bill

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE: It appears that a public awareness campaign and significant media coverage has prompted Arizona Senator John Kavanagh to withdraw SB1080, the bill that would have made it even easier for an HOA to foreclose. If you missed the orginal post explaining SB1080, it’s reposted below. State senator …

AZ Legislator wants to make it easier for HOAs to foreclose

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In 2017, I posted an article highlighting The Arizona Republic investigation of a sharp increase in foreclosures by homeowners and condominium associations. In The Arizona Republic article, Attorney Jonathan Dessaules blamed the spike in HOA, and condo association foreclosures — a record of 330 within one year — on opportunistic …

Are condominiums becoming obsolete?

Condo-to-apartment conversions and redevelopment are on the rise By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Every month I see several reports of condominium associations that are struggling to survive. It’s a growing trend in the U.S., as many condo communities have reached the point where buildings and surrounding grounds require major repair and upgrades. Many …

Reader’s Choice 2017: Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes

It’s that time of the year. For the rest of the year, I’ll be reposting the 10 most read articles here on IAC. Thanks for following, reading, and sharing. Special thanks to readers who have provided inspiration for blog topics, and for those who have been willing to share their personal HOA stories. Public awareness …