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 …

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Chicago homeowners unable to override condo board’s $500K special assessment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE on State Parkway Condo Association's vote on special assessment: According to condo owner Michael Novak, State Parkway Condominium Association's accountant, James P. Cherep, MBA, CFE, has officially tabulated condo association member votes with regard to the board-approved $500,000 special assessment. Only 29.05% of association membership voted to …

FL HOA shows no compassion for woman in search of kidney donor

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here's another report of a homeowners' association that seems to value property more than people. Imagine how you would feel if you or a loved one were in need of a kidney transplant. You'd probably make every effort to find a donor, right? Gabi Morales and her mother, Tammi …

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 …

Can Chicago homeowners override condo board’s $500K special assessment?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities CORRECTION: I received the following statement from Michael Novak, with regard to the Fair Housing lawsuit:  The federal judge actually gave approval that the federal fair housing case can move forward (after motions to dismiss were ruled on) on September 15, 2014, or almost 3 years ago. We’ve been …

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 …

Insurer denies coverage to Chicago condo association, owners to pay $500K in legal expenses

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It has been a while since my last article on the long-running legal battle between State Parkway Condominium Association and condo owner Michael J. Novak. Well, the legal battle rages on, as reported in Loop North News. (See below) Novak, a Certified Public Accountant, continues his fight for access to …

Does your HOA, condo association discriminate?

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The origins of early planned and private communities of the 20th century were rooted in principles of exclusive accommodations for the privileged class. When developers started mass producing housing for the middle class following World War II, neighborhoods became more segregated by race and social class, mainly …

Oregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000

Attorney says case will help many others fighting for disability, civil rights in HOAs By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On Mother's Day, today's blog pays tribute to Renee Kuhn, a mother who, with support from her husband, Gary, is a fierce advocate for her daughter, Khrizma, and countless other people with disabilities who choose …

HOA wants City to enforce parking ban on public streets

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Rosedale Place, located in Bossier City, Louisiana, is a gated community of 361 tidy homes. According to the HOA's website, monthly assessments of $59.40 include lawn care to front and side yards (but not back yards), a small community pool and playground, and a clubhouse. The community covenants prohibit parking …