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 …

Chicago Neighborhood Association fights against garage for disabled teen

A Chicago neighborhood association wants Planning and Zoning board to deny a family’s request to build a garage to accommodate their daughter’s wheelchair. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On IAC, I write a lot of posts about mandatory homeowners and condominium associations that choose to deny disability accommodations. For some reason, some board members …

HOA board rethinks aggressive towing policy (NV)

Savannah Falls HOA Google Maps

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Following Darcy Spears’ recent KTNV “HOA Hall of Shame” report, Savannah Falls HOA board and management rethinks its aggressive towing policy. Spears is a godsend for Las Vegas area residents dealing with abusive homeowners associations. Due to her intervention, and after nearly a month of fighting with their HOA, …

Fair Housing legal victory for Hawaii condo owners, $1.7 M award

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Gregory and Michele White’s condo horror story began in 2014, when they replaced the light colored carpet in their 2nd floor condo townhouse unit with dark wood floors. Kenolio Condo Association has a rule that requires 2nd floor unit owners to install carpeting, in order to prevent noise …

Two Fair Housing victories for NJ condo residents who were denied their requests for support animals

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Two condo associations in New Jersey settled complaints filed by residents, both of them fair housing claims following denial of their requests for support animals. The first settlement involved a dispute between tenant T.D. and Harbortown Sail condominium association, Perth Amboy. T.D. suffers from medical conditions that cause …

NY Co-op fined $125K for violation of Fair Housing Act

Buyer claimed discrimination due to disabilities   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Tompkins Manor co-op, and management company West-Ex Associates were named in a recent settlement in a Fair Housing complaint alleging discrimination based on disability status. According to reports, Michael Forster is a 34-year old man with congenital heart defects, and, due to medical …

Oregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000

Attorney says case will help many others fighting for disability, civil rights in HOAs By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On Mother's Day, today's blog pays tribute to Renee Kuhn, a mother who, with support from her husband, Gary, is a fierce advocate for her daughter, Khrizma, and countless other people with disabilities who choose …

PA HOA blocking gate access-playing the shame game

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   More warm, fuzzy neighborly behavior in a homeowners association (HOA), this time in Pocono Lakes' gated Arrowhead section. There are several negative social dynamics at play here, and it all begins with the HOA's power to fine one's neighbor. Add in a lack of communication - no one bothered …

PA Housing Equality Center says 40% of municipalities violate Fair Housing Act

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This is a follow-up to a blog I wrote a few weeks ago, Are Townships, Townhouse Associations, discriminating against the disabled? According to Attorney John Rule, representing Heart to Heart Care, and Rachel Wentworth, Executive Director of the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania, both Forks and Palmer Township are …

Does Fair Housing case set precedent for age restricted HOA communities?

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Fair Housing claims are all too common in homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. But how do Fair Housing Laws apply to age-restricted communities? A recent example in Lakeland, Florida, is particularly noteworthy. Skyview Estates is a 55+ age-restricted, gated, manufactured home community. The HOA board recently denied housing to Nikole Haase, …