Federal Housing Authority confirms investigation of Michigan HOA for religious discrimination

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A federal lawsuit has prompted an investigation of Bay View Association, a seasonal community in Michigan, whose board recently enacted a policy requiring all of its property owners to be practicing Christians, affiliated with a church. See this AP news release: Feds investigate Michigan resort community that requires …

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Two Fair Housing victories for NJ condo residents who were denied their requests for support animals

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Two condo associations in New Jersey settled complaints filed by residents, both of them fair housing claims following denial of their requests for support animals. The first settlement involved a dispute between tenant T.D. and Harbortown Sail condominium association, Perth Amboy. T.D. suffers from medical conditions that cause …

$7.5 M HOA lawsuit in NY claims religious discrimination, Fair Housing violations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Another fair housing lawsuit filed in New York adds to a growing list of religious discrimination complaints filed by homeowners and residents against their association-governed community (HOA). A report published by Westfair Communications notes that 11 Orthodox Jews, from 15 Hasidic families that currently reside in Highland Lake …

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 …

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 …