Delaware Village of Five Points HOA bullies local library

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   You’ve probably noticed that HOAs across the U.S. tend to hate Little Libraries. HOA restrictions rarely allow a homeowner to keep one. But today’s post shares an HOA vs. Little Library story with a twist. The Cape Gazette just published two articles about the Villages of Five Points HOA in Lewes, Delaware. The HOA reportedly has a history of opposing new development near its community, including a proposed Continue ReadingDelaware Village of Five Points HOA bullies local library

Land use covenants and local law collide in Sussex County Delaware

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Cape Gazette recently published an article about a land use controversy involving a home-based business. Country Lawn Care & Maintenance LLC, c/o Gerald and Stephania Dougherty, is asking Sussex County to issue a Conditional Use (CU) application so the owners can continue to operate their business on their 4-acre property, as they have for the past three years. The Planning and Zoning board voted 2-2 the Doughertys’ application. Continue ReadingLand use covenants and local law collide in Sussex County Delaware

Three outrageous HOA lawsuits (March 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: an Oregon HOA wants to end mandatory contributions to a builder’s nonprofit; a Pennsylvania homeowner appeals a case that seems like an obvious condo board conflict of interest; and the Texas AG fights an HOA’s attempt to incorporate as a city. Do you know what those closing fees are for? Buying  a home is expensive. In addition to the purchase price, a buyer is likely to pay Continue ReadingThree outrageous HOA lawsuits (March 2019)

What is an HOA “Master Association?”

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do you live in common interest communities where you are required to pay assessments to more than one HOA — a Sub-association and a Master Association? Then you may be curious about the purpose of a Master Association. Think of a Master Association as an “umbrella” association that manages common areas shared by members of several different phases or sections of a large planned community, each governed by separate Sub-associations. Continue ReadingWhat is an HOA “Master Association?”