HOA-ville news roundup (October 15, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com 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 debgoonan@icloud.com   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)

Guess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some readers of IAC may be unaware that association-governed communities exist in other countries of the world. Most of them are condominium associations, but may be called by different names such as “strata” or “horizontal properties.” Detached homes in association-governed neighborhoods are called “villas” in many parts of the world, and, because there’s usually no ownership of individual parcels of land, their communities are more equivalent to condominium Continue ReadingGuess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!