HOA controversy updates (November 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Periodically, IAC provides updates on previously covered HOA news. This post provides three updates: Status of Florida homeowners and HOAs waiting for KB Homes to honor their multimillion dollar out-of-court settlement involving improperly applied stucco Update on Illinois homeowners who were pressured into forming an HOA to take back …

Not-so-United States: a nation divided by HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is America a nation divided by homeowners’ associations (HOAs)? Stakeholders in the real estate industry are fond of promoting association-governed common interest developments as utopian neighborhoods with a “sense of community.” You’ve probably seen the commercials for lushly landscaped planned subdivisions and villages, right? The ones that show happy, …

Can your HOA end neighbor on neighbor housing discrimination?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As explained in a previous post, in 2016, HUD published a rule that clarified that association-governed boards and their managing agents have legal duty to prevent housing discrimination in their communities. Some industry leaders, including members of trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI), expressed strong disapproval of the Quid …

This CA HOA wants homeowner to evict his tenants

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Oceanside homeowner renting two 6-bedroom homes to a total of 12 Marines The latest controversy brewing in HOA-ville comes to us from the Arrowood neighborhood in Oceanside, California. For more than a decade, property owner Ron Zurawski has owned two six-bedroom homes in the covenant restricted community. And up …

Three factors that create perceived “need” for association-governed housing

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever wonder why most new construction and redevelopment in the past 20-30 years is part of a common interest community with a mandatory membership homeowners or condominium association? Contrary to real estate industry pubic relations efforts, the institutionalization of private governance of communities — both residential and mixed-use — …

HOA battles: homeowners stand up for their rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two great articles to share today! Despite rumors you may have heard about apathy in HOAs, homeowners in Arizona and California are standing up for their rights, and going public with their fights against injustice.   California man takes a stand for free speech Patrick Foley, a San Diego …

Despite 50-year anniversary of 1968 Fair Housing Act, discrimination plagues HOAs, retirement communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month, IAC shares four new reports of housing discrimination involving a variety of privately-governed communities. FL Attorney General takes on condo association in Fair Housing discrimination lawsuit It’s rare to see an Attorney General investigate complaints involving association-governed communities. But in this case, Pam Bondi ended up with the …

Fair Housing discrimination: the HOA war against the school bus

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What takes priority: a community’s right to limit traffic, or the safety of its school children?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every year when it’s time for children to go back to school, it’s inevitable. We see reports of homeowners’ associations board members that feel the need to do something about the presence …

MI: Bay View Association members vote to revoke rule requiring owners to be Christians

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Good news! It appears that a federal lawsuit against Bay View Association, filed by current homeowners and potential home buyers, has generated enough public pressure to convince the association’s membership to vote to eliminate the requirement that all homeowners must be practicing Christians, actively affiliated with a church. …

HOA board accused of religious discrimination files countersuit against Hasidic Jews (NY)

Counterclaims allege harassment against HOA board members By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few months ago, I posted an article about a $7.5 million Fair Housing lawsuit filed by 15 Hasidic Jewish families in Highland Lake Estates (HLE), White Plains, New York. Plaintiffs in that lawsuit allege religious discrimination, perpetrated by members of the …