NC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last summer, I posted an article about several lake communities struggling to pay to fix dams that are no longer safe or functional. In that article, I cited as an example several North Carolina lake communities. Devonwood-Loch Lomond, Rayconda and the Strickland Bridge Road Homeowners Associations’ and residents’ filed a Federal lawsuit to force the city of Fayetteville to rebuild their lakes’dams, all of which were breached during Hurricane Continue ReadingNC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

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County works with HOA to dredge lake, improve watershed

Timberlake Campbell County Virginia

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s an example of an HOA working with their County to create a tax district to help pay for a $500,000 lake dredging project. The lake community was forced to lower water levels and eventually drain the lake, following flooding earlier this year. Over time, silt has covered the lakebed, reducing its depth and its capacity to hold water without flowing over the dam. Timberlake homeowners association working to Continue ReadingCounty works with HOA to dredge lake, improve watershed

Arkansas – defunct HOA will lose lake if dam not fixed

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Lake Sandy Acres, Arkansas, homeowners with an inactive HOA recently learned they could lose their lake, because the old earthen dam that holds back the water could fail at any time. The dam has sprung a leak, and it’s in shabby condition. So add Arkansas to the growing list of states with unregulated or loosely regulated dams that are supposed to be maintained by homeowners associations (HOAs). Homeowners have Continue ReadingArkansas – defunct HOA will lose lake if dam not fixed

HOAs consider infrastructure tax districts

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., homeowners  are considering tax districts to help them make essential repairs to their HOA infrastructure. Volunteer-led HOA boards face the difficult task of finding affordable solutions to deal with their busted dams, silt-filled lakes, crumbling roads and bridges, and obsolete wastewater systems. It’s an increasingly common problem in association-governed common interest communities, especially as infrastructure breaks down or wears out with age. Most HOAs are relatively Continue ReadingHOAs consider infrastructure tax districts