As Lewes Library fights HOA fines, homeowners may elect new board

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Will an upcoming homeowners’ association election at Villages of Five Points end the HOA war against a Little Free Library? Carl Frampton, president of Town Center West townhomes at Five Points, tells Cape Gazette that there’s a community movement to elect two new at-large board members at the June 15 annual meeting. Frampton criticized the current board and its President, John Eikrem, for fining the library $6,000, shutting down fun outdoor Continue ReadingAs Lewes Library fights HOA fines, homeowners may elect new board

Delaware Villages 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 Villages 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)