HOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Sept. 2019)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This month: HOA managers, administrators investigated for theft and embezzlement; allegations of political conflict of interest in Mississippi; and Delaware DOJ pursues real estate developer for deceptive marketing practices. Police investigation: $100,000 in “reimbursement” checks to former HOA manager (CA) Chula Vista police are investigating a former HOA manager for possible embezzlement of funds at Camelot at Eastlake Shores HOA. In an interview with Channel 10 News of Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Sept. 2019)

HOAville embraces License Plate Reader cameras

Watchful eyes watching you Security surveillance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In September 2018, the manufacturer of security cameras with license plate readers started promoting his startup business. At the time, I sounded the alarm about Flock Safety’s plan to market the cameras to HOAs. (Competitors are sure to follow) In that post, I addressed several potential problems with handing over license plate data to a handful of board members of HOA-governed communities. Now that the business is off Continue ReadingHOAville embraces License Plate Reader cameras

HOA, Condo & Co-op legislation highlights (June 2019, CO, IN, MD, NV, WA )

Law legislative legislature forum

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: Colorado CAM licensure extension vetoed; no mandatory mediation for Indiana HOAs; developer HOA voting rights clarified in Maryland; construction defect law changes in Nevada and Washington; WUCIOA limitations. Colorado CAM Licensure extension bill vetoed by Gov. Polis Since I last updated readers on the status of HB19-1212, the bill pertaining to continuation of licensing requirements for Community Association Managers (CAMs), I have learned that Governor Jared Polis Continue ReadingHOA, Condo & Co-op legislation highlights (June 2019, CO, IN, MD, NV, WA )

HOA living comes with many unexpected costs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners may think their HOA fees cover all costs to maintain the common property. But, as these three recent reports illustrate, that’s not always the case. A Florida HOA won’t pay for wildlife control, a Colorado condo association takes more than a week to repair common water lines, and an Arizona HOA hits up owners to pay to rebuild the wall surrounding the private community.   Vultures descend on Continue ReadingHOA living comes with many unexpected costs