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

HOA controversy updates (November 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Periodically, IAC provides updates on previously covered HOA news. This post provides three updates: Status of Florida homeowners and HOAs waiting for KB Homes to honor their multimillion dollar out-of-court settlement involving improperly applied stucco Update on Illinois homeowners who were pressured into forming an HOA to take back two retention ponds that were sold at a tax deed sale Fair Hosing court win for Idaho homeowner Jeremy Morris, Continue ReadingHOA controversy updates (November 2018)