UPDATE: NJ Condo owners facing $3M assessment elect new board

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Dec. 12, 2018 According to recent reports from the North Jersey Record, Brittany Chase Condominium owners elected two new board members, and scored a victory for transparency. Gerard O’Neill and Francine Ritter replaced incumbents Jack Boydell and Linda DiMezza. Boydell and DiMezza were the board members behind a controversial $3 million special assessment to repair defects and stabilize soil beneath and behind 2 condominium townhouses in the Wayne, Continue ReadingUPDATE: NJ Condo owners facing $3M assessment elect new board

$3M HOA assessment looming for NJ condo owners

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The North Jersey Record reports that a Wayne, New Jersey, condominium association is facing a huge special assessment, because the foundations of two of its 395 condos are failing. Several homes in the compact Brittany Chase Condo community are built into a steep slope. Two attached homes in on Brittany Drive are sited on unstable soil, their rear yards held back by a retaining wall. The condo association discovered Continue Reading$3M HOA assessment looming for NJ condo owners

WY: Lawsuit now involves 16 of Casper’s Mesa del Sol homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post highlights Mesa del Sol, Casper, Wyoming. In case you missed the previous post, according to a March 2017 report in the Casper Star-Tribune, dozens of homes in Mesa Del Sol Addition (West Casper) have allegedly been built with shallow foundations upon land sites with unstable and expansive soil. The lawsuit claims that the developer and construction companies involved were made aware of need to use drilled pier Continue ReadingWY: Lawsuit now involves 16 of Casper’s Mesa del Sol homes

CT: Taxpayers could help pay for defective crumbling foundations of HOA homes, condos

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s post is an update on a serious problem for homeowners in Connecticut — what to do about their crumbling foundations. The problem is widespread in the state, affecting thousands of homes with concrete foundations that were poured in the mid-1980s-1998 by contractors supplied by J.J. Mottes Concrete Company. According to state’s construction experts, the cause of foundation failures is traced to the presence of a mineral in the concrete Continue ReadingCT: Taxpayers could help pay for defective crumbling foundations of HOA homes, condos