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

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 … More Is it possible to peacefully coexist in a condo or co-op if you have children?

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

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 … More Does your HOA, condo association discriminate?

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

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 … More HOA wants City to enforce parking ban on public streets

Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

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?

What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

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?

One toxic personality threatens to destroy voluntary HOA in historic neighborhood

  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

Homeowner – attorney files fair housing lawsuit seeking de-annexation from HOA

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