Condo HOA residents tired of getting the (parking) boot

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communties   Every few weeks, we see a report of aggressive enforcement of parking restrictions at association-governed communities. The latest report comes from the Denver metro area. Denver7 local news reports that residents of Lakes at Dune Park (Commerce City) and Columbine Lake (Arapahoe County), have been getting the boot …

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HOA, condo, co-op litigation and case law highlights (May 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of interesting and important case law from around the U.S. New rulings affecting HOA Collections, foreclosure liens, and rules enforcement in several states across the U.S. MARYLAND’S HIGHEST COURT HOLDS THAT CONDOS MAY NOT BY RULE SUSPEND A UNIT OWNER’S ACCESS TO COMMON ELEMENTS FOR DELINQUENT ASSESSMENTS Posts …

MO: County will take your private HOA roads off your hands — if they’re not too old and crumbly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Jefferson County, Missouri, is joining the nationwide de-privatization trend. With regard to the utter failure of private homeowners’ associations to adequately maintain infrastructure, Jason Jonas, Public Works Director for the County, “gets it.” Today’s referenced article is a refreshingly frank discussion of reality. HOA boards are generally clueless …

SC law would prevent home builders from suing private citizens for speaking out against new construction

Citizens Participation in Government Act would have created anti-SLAPP statute in SC.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Post and Courier recently published some articles about a lawsuit initiated by home builder Ashton Woods against the town of Mount Pleasant, after several private citizens spoke publicly against a townhouse development. According to …

California towns imitating HOAs, attorneys reap profits

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m seeing a disturbing trend: reports of local government corruption and profiteering. And the strategies being used by town, city, and county elected officials mirror abusive tactics commonly used in association-governed communities. As you read the following article published by Reason magazine, note the parallels to HOA-ville. First, a …

HOA, condo, & co-op golf community updates (May 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   PALM DESERT EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE RESIDENTS FURIOUS OVER CONDO PLANS Vincenzo Marino APRIL 26, 2018 5:30 PM Imagine buying a home on a beautiful golf course. Then a developer comes along, closes the golf course, and plans to build condos there right in front of you. That’s what’s happened in …

Are HOAs actually “a form of local democracy with leaders elected by their neighbors?”

It’s time to debunk one of the most deceptive political statements repeatedly made by the HOA industry’s most influential trade group By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On their Facebook Page, Community Association’s Institute (CAI) prominently posts an infographic entitled “The HOA Fundamentals.” Here's a screen shot, along with the source link: https://www.facebook.com/CAIsocial/photos/a.393580374014337.87323.297394356966273/1750665821639112/?type=3&theater Every single one of these …

Why “baby steps” & weak HOA regulation are not “better than nothing”

PA Governor signs HB 595, creating limited AG oversight of association governed communities, subject to conditions By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post is a response to reader comments I have received regarding recently enacted Pennsylvania House Bill 595. As explained in several previous posts, the legislation provides weak Attorney General oversight of …

WA homeowner wonders: How does a single $300 late payment turn into $8,000 in HOA late fees and attorney fees?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Collection of past due assessments or monetary penalties (fines) imposed by  homeowners,' condominium, or cooperative associations is way out of control. This is a common complaint I hear from owners of property in association-governed communities all over the U.S. A single missed or late payment of assessments, or …

Sinkholes in Ocala FL threaten homes and residents: so why continue to build homes in Sinkhole Alley?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Another Buyer Beware warning: know the sinkhole risk for the land of your new neighborhood. Buyers may assume that city and county governments would never allow a developer to build homes on limestone-rich soil that is prone to sudden collapse sinkholes. After all, some of Florida’s sinkholes are large …