By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities George Staropoli published a fascinating and important blog this week, entitled We don’t want no stinkin’ government protection for HOA members. It is well worth reading and commenting. You can do so here: https://pvtgov.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/we-dont-want-no-stinkin-government-protection-for-hoa-members/ In his blog, regarding a recent newsletter from a California HOA attorney, Staropoli ponders: This … More Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After listening to residents, and reading and learning about issues affecting association-governed common interest communities for more than five years, as well as writing about them for almost three years, something very important is happening. Finally, people are starting to discuss possible solutions to problems and alternative housing models. … More What can be done about HOA dysfunction?
Updated April 19, 2017 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The following article written by Sheehan Hannan, Cleveland Magazine, is a must read. It tells the story of social turmoil in once iconic Forest Hill, a historic Cleveland neighborhood with a voluntary neighborhood association. The story gives us a glimpse of early HOAs, back in the … More One toxic personality threatens to destroy voluntary HOA in historic neighborhood
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities When I first glanced at the headlines about a Hayden, Idaho homeowner lawsuit over Christmas display, I thought it was just another belated story about an HOA objecting to holiday cheer. After reading the entire article posted by KHQ6, and then watching the video coverage from KREM TV (both links … More Homeowner – attorney files fair housing lawsuit seeking de-annexation from HOA
Posted By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Good news on this lovely Sunday! Gary and Renee Kuhn, parents of Khrizma Kuhn, Woodburn, Oregon, recently contacted me to let me know that a federal Judge has ruled that McNary Estates Homeowners Association violated Fair Housing laws by denying the family a reasonable accommodation for their adult … More Fair Housing victory: Kuhn v. McNary Estates HOA
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Readers: As 2016 comes to an end, I want to thank all of you for following Independent American Communities (IAC). Special thanks to those who pass along interesting articles on important issues affecting housing consumers in Association Governed, Common Interest Communities. You’ve inspired me to publish hundreds of … More IAC Year in review: Top HOA, Condo, Co-op Blogs of 2016
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Forty-Five Words of Freedom, photo of display from the First Amendment Center, Washington, D.C. (Deborah Goonan) Does the First Amendment still apply in the U.S. these days? Apparently not in some of America’s housing communities. HOAs can create restrictions and rules against display of religious symbols For example, … More Does U.S. Housing policy violate 1st amendment religious rights?
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 … More PA HOA blocking gate access-playing the shame game
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For a few months now, I’ve been following a developing story involving The State Parkway Condo Association in Chicago. According to Loop North News, Michael Novak is a CPA with an MBA in finance. Novak became concerned when State Parkway announced an assessment increase of 12% this year, following … More IL condo association threatens fines for distributing board election letters
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s Saturday afternoon, an unseasonably warm autumn day. The wind is starting to pick up in the northwest, with a cold front scheduled to arrive in a few hours. My neighbors are outside with their children, raking leaves. Watching half a dozen kids between ages of 2 and 10 … More Can homeowners, condo associations be family friendly?