Condominium HOA dysfunction roundup (October 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This month: U.S. and Canadian condo owners embroiled in litigation with developers; several condo complexes (still) plagued by defects and shoddy construction; another run-down, unsafe condo complex in the Sunshine State; un-permitted Vancouver condo renovation causes problems for neighboring unit owners. Missouri Owners can’t sell condos with temporary occupancy permits Readers might recall my previous IAC post: Kansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, Continue ReadingCondominium HOA dysfunction roundup (October 2019)

HOA-ville news roundup (October 15, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In this update: Floridian condo residents deal with water damage and mold; Veteran settles flagpole dispute with HOA; homeowners grapple with local government over stormwater management; Canadian woman with disabilities fights battle for automatic doors for her condo building. Leaky Florida condos – 2 condo horror stories Condominium buildings are notorious for their vulnerabilities to water intrusion from various causes. Here are two notable examples, all of them Continue ReadingHOA-ville news roundup (October 15, 2019)

Notable HOA lawsuits (September 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   From construction defects to wrongful death claims to Fifth Amendment “takings” lawsuits, this month’s post highlights HOA lawsuits that run the gamut.   Texas homeowners stuck with malfunctioning HOA septic system Imagine building your dream home, expecting to be connected to a public waste water system, only to find out the developer built an on-site sewage facility (OSSF) instead. And, according to a lawsuit filed by residents Continue ReadingNotable HOA lawsuits (September 2019)

Urban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In case you missed it, I published a page on IAC that documents the pros and cons of higher density, mixed use communities promoted by fans of New Urbanism. It’s a must read for home buyers, business owners, and investors, before buying a home or condo, or signing a residential or commercial lease in a mixed-use or high density community. But our Canadian neighbors to the North also feed Continue ReadingUrban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)