Two keys to ending HOA abuse

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several months ago, inspired by offline discussions about the root causes of dysfunction and abuse in association-governed communities, I published Recipe for HOA abuse: too much power, no accountability here on IAC. At the time, several states were considering numerous legislative proposals aimed at holding homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations … More Two keys to ending HOA abuse

Do HOAs have too much power?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Do homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations have too much power over community association members and residents? Readers will most likely answer that question with an emphatic “Yes,” after reviewing the following collection of recent news reports. And these examples of HOA abuse are by no means isolated or … More Do HOAs have too much power?

Can Chicago homeowners override condo board’s $500K special assessment?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities CORRECTION: I received the following statement from Michael Novak, with regard to the Fair Housing lawsuit:  The federal judge actually gave approval that the federal fair housing case can move forward (after motions to dismiss were ruled on) on September 15, 2014, or almost 3 years ago. We’ve been … More Can Chicago homeowners override condo board’s $500K special assessment?

In HOAs, fights over how to spend the money are common

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities While consumers may buy into a maintenance provided homeowners’ or condominium association for the convenience it promises, homeowners rarely agree on maintenance standards, and often object to what it actually costs to maintain the community. The following report from ABC15 illustrates that point.   Chandler HOA community keeps increasing … More In HOAs, fights over how to spend the money are common

Vegas security guard charged with first degree murder following deadly shooting at Mountainside Condos

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities News of a recent shooting at Mountainside Condominiums in Las Vegas has made national news. Associated Press reports that Trayvone Crocket was shot by Malik Kendrick, a security guard employed at Mountainside. Crocket died from his injuries, and a 14-year old girl who was with Crocket at the time … More Vegas security guard charged with first degree murder following deadly shooting at Mountainside Condos

Condo, Strata power struggles out of control in U.S. and Canada

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Anyone who follows reports of conflict and dysfunction in association-governed, corporate-managed, common interest communities begins to see recurring behavior patterns. It goes something like this: Most owners and residents in multifamily housing try to get along, but, inevitably, a few people living in such close quarters start to get … More Condo, Strata power struggles out of control in U.S. and Canada

Is it possible to peacefully coexist in a condo or co-op if you have children?

How can parents deal with condo and co-op associations that are not family friendly? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What if your NY co-op told you that you must enter exit through the back door with your baby stroller? No, I am not making this up. Check out this recent article from Habitat … More Is it possible to peacefully coexist in a condo or co-op if you have children?

City, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   If you are in the market for a new or recently renovated home or condo, view the following reports first. Word is beginning to spread across the country, with an epidemic of poor design and shoddy construction, especially prevalent in condominium projects and all types of planned communities … More City, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

A partial victory for free speech in community associations (HOAs)?

Are residents of homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations entitled to protection of First Amendment rights in Florida?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent Florida court opinion involving free speech rights in association governed communities is making its way around social media. The applicable case involves an Appellate Court opinion in Fox v. … More A partial victory for free speech in community associations (HOAs)?

Leisure World MD homeowners object to $5.2M administrative building

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A retirement community of 8,500 residents in Maryland is embroiled in an ongoing dispute over the cooperative corporation’s proposal to spend. $5.2 million on construction of a brand new administration building. ABC7 reports that hundreds of residents showed up for a recent town hall meeting on the subject. The … More Leisure World MD homeowners object to $5.2M administrative building