Residents say Bah Humbug to the HOA Grinch!

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com In one San Antonio planned community, residents rebel against the HOA’s holiday decor rules. According to several reports, which went viral over the weekend, Nick Simonis Jr. and his son decided to start decorating for Christmas a bit early this year. You see, Nick’s wife, Claudia, is pregnant with their second child, with a due date of December 25th. Claudia says they’re planning ahead this year, in case the new Continue ReadingResidents say Bah Humbug to the HOA Grinch!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

During the holiday break, check out Independent American Communities’ re-posts of most-read articles of 2018. I’m calling it the 12 days of HOA Issues. I hope highlighting important HOA issues helps create positive change in U.S. housing policy, and a meaningful effort to rein in corruption and abuse of the real estate industry. New posts will resume on January 4, 2019. As always, thanks for reading and sharing articles on IAC.

Homeowners blame Elf on the Shelf for HOA violation

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today, for a change, I’m sharing a lighthearted HOA story. It’s a story of homeowners using the power of humor to “fight” against HOA restrictions. You see, Somersett Owners Association, located in northwest Nevada, is having its second annual holiday decoration competition. And this year, homeowner Dan Rowan decided to decorate a roundabout on the cul-de-sac of his street. Decor includes some inflatable figures, a large lighted sign that reads Continue ReadingHomeowners blame Elf on the Shelf for HOA violation

Just in time for Christmas, $75K jury award in HOA lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Earlier this month, a Federal Court jury awarded $75,000 to Jeremy and Kristy Morris in their lawsuit against their HOA. The HOA lawsuit, filed January 2017, accused the HOA of anti-Christian religious discrimination. The jury agreed that West Hayden Estates Homeowners’ Association violated the Fair Housing Act, with its discriminatory behavior. The HOA board didn’t like Christmas The ordeal began four years ago, when Jeremy and his wife were Continue ReadingJust in time for Christmas, $75K jury award in HOA lawsuit