By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Following yesterday’s blog, Legislation should limit power of HOAs, a reader sent the following comment: This article raises many important issues and misunderstandings about HOA governance. At the Owner level, far too many Owners do not understand their Governing Documents and their rights and duties under those Governing Documents, particularly … More Do homeowners experience due process in HOAs?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities An interesting trend is happening across the U.S. Local media are engaging in investigative reports that highlight the fact that homeowners associations (HOAs) have far too much power. To illustrate, here is a recent report from the state of North Carolina. Homeowners share cautionary tales of HOA nightmares Diane Wilson, … More Legislation should limit power of HOAs
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California In an effort to clearly define First Amendment rights in association-governed communities, SB 407 is making its way through Senate Committees. The bill would make it unlawful for an association-governed community to restrict a member’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly on common property. The … More HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – CA, MD, MO, NM)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed HB2411. The bill amends current Statute with regard to open meetings, recording of meetings by members of the association, and secret ballot requirements. An unrelated amendment was also included – section 33-440, which specifies that property owners may make amendments to a previously recorded declaration … More HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – AZ, CO, FL, HI)
Attorney says case will help many others fighting for disability, civil rights in HOAs By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On Mother’s Day, today’s blog pays tribute to Renee Kuhn, a mother who, with support from her husband, Gary, is a fierce advocate for her daughter, Khrizma, and countless other people with disabilities who choose … More Oregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED 7:50 PM EDT According to numerous reports, a tragic double murder occurred in an unnamed luxury Boston condominium this weekend. Two well-respected doctors, Richard Field and Lina Bolanos, were found deceased in their penthouse condo. The couple had been tied up, their throats slit allegedly by Bampumim Teixeira of … More How could a brutal double murder happen in a high-security, luxury, Boston condo?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Rosedale Place, located in Bossier City, Louisiana, is a gated community of 361 tidy homes. According to the HOA’s website, monthly assessments of $59.40 include lawn care to front and side yards (but not back yards), a small community pool and playground, and a clubhouse. The community covenants prohibit parking … More HOA wants City to enforce parking ban on public streets
Home buyers: Don’t want to pay HOA fees on top of property taxes? Not interested in private community amenities and the rules that come along with them? Prefer to choose your own contractor to provide landscape and exterior maintenance? Ask your Realtor to show you single family homes with no HOA. By Deborah Goonan, Independent … More Tell your Mayor and Planning Commission – stop force feeding HOAs
When good people get involved in the political process, they create positive change. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., housing activists and consumer advocates are working with state lawmakers to hold their community leaders – association boards and managers – accountable. Here are some examples: California AB-690 would prevent fee gouging and … More Creating HOA-Condo-Co-op Accountability
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week, Shu Bartholomew and I talk about homeowners who want to disband their HOAs, and highlight a few communities that are taking concrete steps to do so. The truth is, contrary to marketing hype, association governance does not ensure higher property values, nor does it foster a … More Not all homeowners find value in HOA corporations. Some want to dissolve them.