Will state bills finally bring accountability to Association-Governed communities?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Both Florida and Pennsylvania Legislatures are considering  bills to create accountability for association-governed communities. But the type of legislation differs vastly. Florida In Florida, the legislation under consideration will apply only to condominium and cooperative associations, but not to planned communities of single family homes. SB 1682 and companion … More Will state bills finally bring accountability to Association-Governed communities?

Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities George Staropoli published a fascinating and important blog this week, entitled We don’t want no stinkin’ government protection for HOA members. It is well worth reading and commenting. You can do so here: https://pvtgov.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/we-dont-want-no-stinkin-government-protection-for-hoa-members/ In his blog, regarding a recent newsletter from a California HOA attorney, Staropoli ponders: This … More Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

The Great HOA Divide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every day I read dozens of reports of conflict and division in association-governed, common interest communities. None of it surprises me anymore. The pattern of behavior and the nature of these fights is disturbingly predictable. Some experts in the industry blame frequent conflict on a few selfish people, those … More The Great HOA Divide

Latest report: Half of Tymber Skan condos demolished

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE/Clarification: A reader clarified that when Tymber Skan was created, it was, in fact, divided into three separate sections, each with its own HOA. The HOAs for Sections 1 and 3 were, at one time, led by Lorenzo Pinkston. Since utilities  have been shut off, most of the … More Latest report: Half of Tymber Skan condos demolished

What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After listening to residents, and reading and learning about issues affecting association-governed common interest communities for more than five years, as well as writing about them for almost three years, something very important is happening. Finally, people are starting to discuss possible solutions to problems and alternative housing models. … More What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

In search of equality: are HOAs businesses or not?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA Industry’s point of view is inconsistent, in light of its legislative quest for equal access to FEMA disaster relief. Once again, the industry is exposing its tendency to promote a double standard with regard to homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations. Community Associations Institute (CAI) is notorious for being … More In search of equality: are HOAs businesses or not?

What is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   To solve any problem, it helps to identify its cause or causes. So as we attempt to tackle social and economic problems plaguing many of our association-governed, common interest communities, we need to look beyond the increasingly obvious abuse and HOA horror stories, and recognize that we have … More What is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

HOA Legislation updates – March 2017 (IA, IL, MO, PA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Iowa Legislation to include single family planned communities with HOAs dies in committee A few months ago, I told you about a group of homeowners in Iowa who worked on legislation for homeowners associations. Iowa currently has statues governing condominium and cooperative associations, but not planned communities with … More HOA Legislation updates – March 2017 (IA, IL, MO, PA)

HOA legislation updates -March 2017 (MD, UT, CA )

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Maryland More powers for condo boards? SB 529 would grant additional power to condominium boards (councils) to amend Bylaws to allow common element restrictions for owners delinquent in payment of assessments. The Bylaw amendments would be voted on by a majority of board members, without any input from unit … More HOA legislation updates -March 2017 (MD, UT, CA )

Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Owners of relatively new homes in Daybreak Townhome 1 Owners Association (South Jordan, Utah) have recently learned it is going to cost more than $60,000 per home to repair extensive structural damage caused by water infiltration. Although the townhouses are less than a decade old, homeowners report a long … More Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes