Hindu resident files religious discrimination lawsuit against Philadelphia condo association

A Hindu symbol is at the heart of a Fair Housing lawsuit, continuing the latest trend of religious rights lawsuits involving HOAs and condominium associations By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesAkhil Tripathi explains to local and national news media that religious discrimination is happening at his 42-story luxury condo tower, located in one of the …

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NY Condo board bully ousted, Hitler and Mussolini decor removed from lobby

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When a regulatory agency does its job, justice is served. Readers may recall previous reports of abuse at a Sunnyside, Queens condominium. Residents complained that their property manager, Neal Milano, had transformed the lobby into a display of Nazi imagery. Residents said Milano and some members of the …

How one FL condo association is trying to get around a Fair Housing lawsuit

The solution: simply tweak the language of the rules By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Remember, Cambridge House, the Port Charlotte condo association that decided to ban a bible study group - and all other religious activity - from its meeting room? That blatant violation of religious freedom led to Donna Dunbar’s fair housing lawsuit …

HOA, Condo, Co-op litigation and case law quarterly highlights (March 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Carl Thompson v. Lamplight Village Homeowners Association, docket number A-14-697688-C. Latest update on Lamplight Village HOA liability for $20 million verdict: Very little information is being released by the HOA to the general public. However, the following letter from attorney Michael W. McKelleb, independent counsel for Lamplight Village …

FL condo association bans Christian music, bible study in meeting room

Fair Housing complaint filed with HUD   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Industry trade groups and developers’ sales agents sell condominium associations as “communities” that share more than just housing. They sell a lifestyle with that “cultivates a true sense of community.” But every week new reports of internal conflict, bullying and harassment, …

Disabled Vet sues City of Colorado Springs, his HOA and management company

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to a report in The Gazette, disabled veteran Chris Sweeney is fed up. For four years, Sweeney has been navigating his wheelchair over and around blocked and broken sidewalks with missing curb cuts. But even after numerous reports and complaints have been filed, no one has been …

Former residents suing yet another California HOA with rules against children playing

Brought to you by California, the most-regulated environment for association-governed, common interest communities   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What is it about homeowners and condo associations that leads to neighborhood war against parents and their children? The problem begins in the planning stage, with architects and urban designers that work with developers …

First Amendment, Fair Housing, & Civil Rights: Can MI HOA discriminate on basis of religious affiliation?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Bay View Association (MI) case is particularly important because the Association possesses many of the same qualities, rights, and governing powers of modern association-governed communities (HOAs). If a federal court recognizes Bay View Association as a government entity, could it open the doors to future legal challenges …

Co-op and condo nightmares in New York gain national attention

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Articles like When a Co-op Board Misbehaves, in the The New York Times, play a key role in mainstreaming public awareness of corruption, abuse of power, and dysfunction in association-governed, common interest communities. Finally, condo owners and co-op shareholders who, for many years, have endured conflicted and abusive board members …

Texas Appeals Court rules HOA must allow home for disabled

A Fair Housing victory with Constitutional implications for association-governed communities   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   On November 30, 2017, a Texas Appellate Court issued an important ruling with regard to accommodation of two privately operated homes for disabled residents. Those homes just so happened to be located in a homeowners’ association. The …