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 …

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 …

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 …

The war on Christmas, holiday decorating continues for apartment, condo HOA dwellers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I can remember the neighborhood of my childhood at Christmastime. Almost every house on my block was decorated with colored lights, wreaths, candles in the windows, light-up Santa and snowman figures, and Nativity scenes. Neighbors who celebrated Hanukkah would place a Menorah in one of their windows, and …

California Corporate Owners Association destroys church’s Christmas Nativity Scene

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The holiday season would not be complete without another dispute over holiday decorations, especially display of religious symbols. CBS New Channel 8 reports that Ranch Maintenance Agreement (RMA) Association in Oceanside, through its management company, STOS Partners, cited Pastor Openshaw for placement of a Nativity Scene on association property, …

AZ Condo Association threatening fines for Christmas

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Muirfield Village Condo Association (Mesa, Arizona) is the latest Association-Governed Residential Community to threaten owners and residents with fines for putting up lights and other holiday decorations. Never mind that decorating has been OK for at least the past eight years. Now, all of a sudden, the new Board …

HOA Renegade: MI homeowner vows to decorate with colored holiday lights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Just in time for the holiday season. The holiday decorating HOA police are at it again. Gables on the Green Condominium Association, near Grand Rapids, Michigan, has enacted what some neighbors are calling an "idiotic" new decorating rule. Starting this year, only white lights are allowed at the condo …

Idaho HOA will allow holiday display after all

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Word on the street is that West Hayden Estates HOA (Idaho) will not be filing a lawsuit against Jeremy Morris after all. Morris can proceed with decorating his property for his 2nd annual Christmas gala, which will run from Dec 16 - 20 from 6-8 PM. If you …