Smaller, more affordable housing doesn’t have to come with an HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s common knowledge that, following the worst real estate market in recent history, housing prices have rebounded in many fast-growing markets in the U.S. The result is that housing has become less affordable, whether you’re looking to buy or rent your next home. Clearly, the past several decades of …

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PA: to homeowner’s dismay, Township won’t help fix sinkhole, because it’s on private HOA property

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’d be willing to bet that at least nine out of ten homeowners are unaware that their HOA may own the storm water management infrastructure in their community. It’s not as though developers and home builders have anything to gain by advertising the fact that future homeowners will be …

Here’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed

Do we really need or want HOAs to be The Enforcers? Arizona Constitutional Rights advocate George K. Staropoli recently published a few posts on an important appellate court opinion in Turtle Rock III HOA vs. Lynne Fisher, involving a homeowners,’ condominium, or cooperative association‘s statutory right to impose monetary fines upon members who violate covenants, …

HOA rule enforcement often leads to financial pressure, threats to health

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities By now, it’s common knowledge that homeowners,’ condo, and cooperative associations can be very strict about enforcing their covenants. And some of the rules enacted by HOA boards are downright unreasonable and crazy. But enforcing onerous rules is more than a mere annoyance for many homeowners and residents. Allow …

Worldwide condo/strata corruption & dysfunction (July 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s collection of articles from common interest and planned communities around the world. Leasehold scandal: Developers could face criminal charges for breaking consumer protection rules when selling new build homes (U.K.) Buyers were not made aware of vital details prior to purchasing property Purchasers have been affected up …

HOAs struggle to pay for private dam repairs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Summertime is high season for enjoying activities on the lake. But, in many private communities across the U.S., deteriorated dams can no longer safely contain waters of manmade recreational lakes. Most private lake communities are governed by recreation or lake associations through club memberships. Homes in many of these …

Condo lawsuit: former residents sickened by filthy A/C system

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Mother and toddler diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in 2016 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How many times have you heard the real estate sales pitch that the condo lifestyle is carefree? It’s often untrue. The truth is, even if you happen to own or rent a luxury condominium in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, …

Homeowners want to know: what’s taking HOA so long to fix the pool?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Summer in Las Vegas — daytime temperatures more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, overnight low temps above 80 degrees. In that intense heat, the main reason residents of Qunitessa at Mountain’s Edge dare to venture outside is to take a quick dip in the community swimming pool. But this summer, …

More homeowners stand up against HOA bullies and abuse

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated July 6, 2018   10:06 P.M. Continuing in the spirit of Independence Day, today’s post highlights three examples of homeowners fighting back against nasty neighbors and HOA board members. How do they do it? In all three cases, instead of cowering in fear, these homeowners expose abusive, HOA …