MA: Important legal victory for condo homeowners dealing with shoddy construction

Developers cannot shield themselves from liability for construction defects by limiting right to sue   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For the past several years, I have written dozens of posts about construction defect claims brought by homeowners and condo associations. Many IAC posts highlight the fact that developers and home builders attempt to avoid taking responsibility for shoddy construction, forcing homeowners and leaders of association-governed communities to bear considerable hardship and financial Continue ReadingMA: Important legal victory for condo homeowners dealing with shoddy construction

Where are they now? Updates on HOA, condo, co-op disputes

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updates on HOA, condo, co-op disputes Poinciana, Florida (Osceola and Polk Counties) Homeowners and residents in Poinciana have encountered one obstacle after another, as explained in several previous posts. Now Keith Laytham, Friends of Poinciana Villages, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to continue their legal battle to gain voting power in their HOA, Association of Poinciana Villages (APV). APV has announced an increase in annual Continue ReadingWhere are they now? Updates on HOA, condo, co-op disputes

Unaccountable developers create big problems for condo, homeowner associations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Let’s talk about one of the most glaring unintended consequences of enabling real estate developers to control residential communities large and small: no accountability to housing consumers. Allow me to explain. Prior to the 1980s and 1990s, a buyer could purchase a new home from a builder without being forced to “agree” to membership in a mandatory, covenant burdened, deed restricted, association-governed community. Each new home, even if Continue ReadingUnaccountable developers create big problems for condo, homeowner associations

What is HOA trade group’s 2018 Legislative agenda?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As 2017 comes to an end, housing and consumer advocates that are concerned about legislative reform need to keep a close eye on what trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) is up to. In case you missed it, here is CAI’s legislative agenda for 2018. Unfortunately, too many state legislators willingly accept CAI’s claim that it represents homeowners. But technically, CAI represents the members of its trade group, Continue ReadingWhat is HOA trade group’s 2018 Legislative agenda?