When these HOA members got involved, they got sued

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How many times have we heard homeowners, Community Association Managers and attorneys lament about apathy in HOAs? A quick Google search on “HOA Apathy” results in dozens of articles on the subject. Few attend annual meetings, so there’s never a quorum. No one wants to serve on the Association’s board. Does anyone actually read emails, newsletters, or the website? Well, a group of 9 homeowners in Shadowmoss Plantation HOA Continue ReadingWhen these HOA members got involved, they got sued

Political turmoil in Poinciana a perfect example of undemocratic voting process

Posted by Deborah Goonan I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. When you move to an HOA, governance of your community is by no means Democratic. There is no such thing as One Person, One Vote in homeowners or condominium associations. (a few cooperatives still adhere to the principle) So that means a few people who happen to own most of the homes or condo units end up running the show. Read the article Continue ReadingPolitical turmoil in Poinciana a perfect example of undemocratic voting process

NJ bill proposing state regulation of homeowners’ associations faces stiff opposition

As HOAs become more common, so do the conflicts between homeowners and their HOA Boards. A Common Interest Community bill that recently passed the Assembly in New Jersey would task the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) with regulation of elections, recalls, and homeowner access to HOA  financial documents, among other things. As many owners and former owners of homes in Association-Governed Residential Communities know from personal experience, it can be very difficult to remove and Continue ReadingNJ bill proposing state regulation of homeowners’ associations faces stiff opposition

Who has greater property rights: the HOA or individual homeonwers?

Posted by Deborah Goonan Here’s an example of how HOA Boards attempt to change the rules of the HOA game, often without homeowners’ knowledge. And when a few homeowners find out, and attempt to alert their neighbors and collect votes for a recall, it starts to get ugly. This story involves a golf course owner who wants to build commercial properties adjacent to residential homes. Homeowners claim their CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) prohibit commercial Continue ReadingWho has greater property rights: the HOA or individual homeonwers?