Try as they might, HOA cannot stop publicity of child’s pink playhouse denial

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A few weeks ago, when I first viewed a report on Rock Hill HOA’s denial of a little girl’s back yard playhouse, I published an article that included a Google Maps satellite image of the community. The HOA calls the quaint chilren’s cottage, pictured above, a shed, even though it is quite clearly a play structure. Shortly after my post went live, I heard from homeowner Bobbie Goolsby, Continue ReadingTry as they might, HOA cannot stop publicity of child’s pink playhouse denial

Cooperative board says, according to rules, siblings cannot share bedroom

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Canadian cities such as Vancouver share a common problem with U.S. cities – a severe shortage of affordable housing. The typical young family with children simply cannot afford to buy – or even rent – the rare detached single family home in Vancouver. Densely packed housing such as condominiums – known as strata in British Columbia – and co-op apartments are the norm. City living spaces tend to be Continue ReadingCooperative board says, according to rules, siblings cannot share bedroom

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 disabilities including previous heart attacks, he is unable to hold a full-time job. However, Michael’s parents established a trust fund Continue ReadingNY Co-op fined $125K for violation of Fair Housing Act

Is it possible to peacefully coexist in a condo or co-op if you have children?

How can parents deal with condo and co-op associations that are not family friendly? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What if your NY co-op told you that you must enter exit through the back door with your baby stroller? No, I am not making this up. Check out this recent article from Habitat Magazine. A family in Brooklyn says that management of their co-op building is enforcing the “back door” rule. Not only is Continue ReadingIs it possible to peacefully coexist in a condo or co-op if you have children?