Who’s suing the HOA now? (Feb 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: class action lawsuit involving special assessment for balcony defects; homeowner sues claiming racial discrimination; HOA refuses to allow veteran to put up a flagpole and fly the American flag Georgia: Class action lawsuit says condo association relied on fake building engineer’s advice, and it cost unit owners $5,000 apiece According to a report from WSB-TV, several years ago, homeowners of 1280 West condominium were forced to pay Continue ReadingWho’s suing the HOA now? (Feb 2019)

Condo HOA not helping owners after balconies collapse (KY)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s good to see that local investigative journalists are covering serious condo and HOA issues, including the dangerous collapse of condo balconies. When I first started this website in 2014, TV news reports focused almost exclusively on disputes over flag displays or paint color. While those are common HOA disputes, they only scratch the surface of dysfunction, waste, and abuse in association-governed communities. Some of the worst HOA disputes Continue ReadingCondo HOA not helping owners after balconies collapse (KY)

Important California HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (Sept. 2018)

Vote HOA election scrabble

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated September 6, 2018 7:22 PM The 2018 legislation session ended with some good, and some not so good new laws for Californians residing in common interest developments. The following 4 bills are currently enrolled, awaiting approval of Governor Jerry Brown. AB 2912 passed with near unanimous support from both houses of the Legislature. The bill creates greater accountability for both association board (trustee) members and managing agents for Continue ReadingImportant California HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (Sept. 2018)

The myth of affordable, low maintenance, carefree condo living

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sales agents, developers, and management industry trade groups have been marketing condominiums as affordable housing, designed for residents who don’t have the time or the inclination to worry about many home maintenance tasks. But condo buyers, and even tenants need to recognize that condo living is not always as carefree as advertised. Today’s post cites several examples of condominiums that are definitely not well-managed or maintained, and, therefore, neither Continue ReadingThe myth of affordable, low maintenance, carefree condo living