HOA-ville news roundup (October 15, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com In this update: Floridian condo residents deal with water damage and mold; Veteran settles flagpole dispute with HOA; homeowners grapple with local government over stormwater management; Canadian woman with disabilities fights battle for automatic doors for her condo building. Leaky Florida condos – 2 condo horror stories Condominium buildings are notorious for their vulnerabilities to water intrusion from various causes. Here are two notable examples, all of them Continue ReadingHOA-ville news roundup (October 15, 2019)

FL HOA fines family of autistic boy to remove back yard fence (repost)

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (Note to subscribers: reposting due to spam attack of original link) Rarely does a week go by that we don’t hear about a Fair Housing complaint filed against an HOA-governed community. The latest buzz involves a family in Sarasota, Florida. Mike and Michelle Morley, parents of Mason, a 9-year-old autistic boy, ran into trouble with the Harbour Walk HOA after they installed a back yard fence. Mike Morley, Continue ReadingFL HOA fines family of autistic boy to remove back yard fence (repost)

Don’t count on your HOA to enforce nuisance rules

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do you believe that HOA covenants, restrictions and rules help keep a neighborhood looking neat and tidy, discourage your neighbors from behaving badly, and foster some sense of community? If so, read on. All too often, we hear reports of overly restrictive HOA enforcement of rules. HOAs have been known to fine and sue homeowners over trivial “violations of standards” that range from painting the front door an unapproved Continue ReadingDon’t count on your HOA to enforce nuisance rules

Her dream condo was flooded by storm water — 4 feet deep

Muddy roads after flood

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities People don’t often think about flooding in landlocked neighborhoods, nowhere near a river or ocean. But storm water floods can cause a heap of damage, as Bonnie Miles, a retired Veteran in Roanoke, Virginia, recently learned. Miles was a first time home buyer as of September 1, 2018. When the remnants of Hurricane Michael dumped heavy rainfall in Virginia on October 11, four feet of flood waters destroyed Miles’ Continue ReadingHer dream condo was flooded by storm water — 4 feet deep