How to make your HOA work for its members, a daunting challenge

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Overall, the industry that builds, sells, and serves HOAs promotes the wildly unrealistic assumption that unit owners and shareholders will forever engage in fair and friendly cooperation with their association leaders and their neighbors. But the association governance model is based on several faulty assumptions, and is dependent … More How to make your HOA work for its members, a daunting challenge

Census reports many layers of government, HOAs not counted among them

US Census data on Special Districts helps explain why your taxes are so high By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The U.S. has continued to add additional layers of local government, even though industry trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) estimates there are more than 340,000 association-governed communities now in existence. Ironically, when CAI … More Census reports many layers of government, HOAs not counted among them

Condo owners, managers speak publicly about abusive association

Florida condo association threatens foreclosure in dispute over $25 late fee. Condo owners, former managers say the board is out of control. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Condo residents and former community managers of Ventura Greens, West Palm Beach, FL, are the latest group to speak up about what they see as a … More Condo owners, managers speak publicly about abusive association

CA SB 407 would uphold First Amendment rights for HOA residents

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A frequent complaint of homeowners and residents of Association-Governed common interest communities is that the board restricts access to community gathering areas, while, at the same time, controlling the content of all official communication venues. For instance, what if a group of homeowners has a difference of opinion about … More CA SB 407 would uphold First Amendment rights for HOA residents

FL Town Park Plaza condo restoration project delayed and over budget

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Town Park Plaza North condominium association continues to deteriorate, despite receiving a $15 million taxpayer-funded grant in 2014. The grant was awarded to a private nonprofit, St. John Community Development Corporation, who awarded a contract to a small, relatively inexperienced company, Mastermind Construction. According to the Miami Herald, … More FL Town Park Plaza condo restoration project delayed and over budget

Planned HOA and condo communities don’t always live up to expectations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Did you know that when you own property in common (or shares in the corporation that owns cooperative housing property), you have very limited control over how that property is maintained? In association-governed, common interest communities, the board of directors or trustees makes most decisions about how much … More Planned HOA and condo communities don’t always live up to expectations

It’s Memorial Day weekend – here come the HOA flag restrictions

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several of my neighbors regularly display the American flag. Some hang bunting on their front porches, or set up patriotic lawn statues of soldiers. The displays generally go up before Memorial Day, and come down sometime after Labor Day, although a few neighbors have a flag pole suitable for … More It’s Memorial Day weekend – here come the HOA flag restrictions

HOA, Condo fraud, theft, and corruption Roundup (May 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Intervale Woman Accused Of Embezzling Over $100,000 (NH) by CHRISTIAN MOWER on APRIL 28, 2017 Conway, NH – An Intervale woman is being charged with embezzling over $100,000. According to the Conway Police 53-year-old Lynne Barry was arrested at her home by Bartlett Police on Tuesday. Police … More HOA, Condo fraud, theft, and corruption Roundup (May 2017)