Homeowners thankful for HOA Fair Housing legal victory

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Just in time for Thanksgiving, U.S. District Judge William Alsup has awarded a substantial class action settlement in a high profile fair housing, civil rights lawsuit. An $800,000 award has been ordered in favor of hundreds of current and former residents and tenants of the Silvertree Mojave Homeowners Association located on Sequim Common, Fremont, California. Readers may recall the reason for the lawsuit: the HOA severely restricted the rights Continue ReadingHomeowners thankful for HOA Fair Housing legal victory

HOA Golf community lawsuis and redevelopment plans (November 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Indepdendent American Communities     Palm Beach County approves 521 new homes on golf course Aug 25, 2017, 2:22pm EDT Brian Bandell Senior Reporter South Florida Business Journal The Palm Beach County Commission unanimously approved a plan to build 521 homes on the former Marina Lakes Golf Course west of Delray Beach. The Avalon Trails community by 13th Floor Homes, part of Miami-based 13th Floor Investments, would be restricted to people ages Continue ReadingHOA Golf community lawsuis and redevelopment plans (November 2017)

Viriginia Beach community displays the mean side of beach condo living

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever dream of owning a condo by the beach, spending your Golden Years enjoying the sand and surf? What if you paid big money for your retirement dream home by the sea, but your access to the beach was blocked by a sand dune? And what if the condo association and its management company failed to address the problem? Such is the case alleged by 4 homeowners at Bays Continue ReadingViriginia Beach community displays the mean side of beach condo living

NY HOA accused of discriminatory marketing of new homes

Homeowners also say board won’t provide access to financial records   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Are sales agents for Woodbury Junction marketing new homes exclusively to Hasidic Jews? In this News 12 Westchester report, some existing homeowners in the private community, located about 50 miles from New York, claim that is exactly what’s happening. They say they have been aggressively approached by home buyers, hoping to convince them to sell their homes. Continue ReadingNY HOA accused of discriminatory marketing of new homes