HOA, condo & co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Sept. 2018)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

HOA, condo, housing coop reports of alleged fraud, conflicts of interest, theft by managers, board Treasurers and Presidents Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Sept. 2018)

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Legislative Highlights (Feb 2018) (Florida)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Florida Several bills have been proposed in the Sunshine State, and some of them are gaining traction in the Legislature (noted as Active), while others are not (noted as inactive) as of the date this post.   HB 377 (FL) (Inactive) This bill would amend the Homeowners Association Act (FL 720). It features several consumer-friendly provisions include prohibiting the HOA from legal representation by the same attorney that represents Continue ReadingLegislative Highlights (Feb 2018) (Florida)

Why is apathy rampant in homeowner, condo, and co-op associations?

Democracy must begin at home

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here at IAC, I strive to look at the Big Picture and connect the dots, in order to provide a better understanding of why so many American association-governed communities are struggling and so few are thriving. For at least the past decade, there has been lot of buzz among HOA industry experts, blaming owner apathy as the root cause of all of problems that plague association-governed, common interest Continue ReadingWhy is apathy rampant in homeowner, condo, and co-op associations?

Co-op and condo nightmares in New York gain national attention

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Articles like When a Co-op Board Misbehaves, in the The New York Times, play a key role in mainstreaming public awareness of corruption, abuse of power, and dysfunction in association-governed, common interest communities. Finally, condo owners and co-op shareholders who, for many years, have endured conflicted and abusive board members in the shadows, are coming out in the open with their shocking stories.   When a Co-op Board Misbehaves By Continue ReadingCo-op and condo nightmares in New York gain national attention