Your HOA: part corporation, part police state?

Homeowners, residents question excessive power of HOAs. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Regular readers of IAC are familiar with my monthly “Corruption, fraud, & theft Roundup” posts. Today’s post is a Roundup of reports of homeowners association using and abusing their vast police powers in their communities — generally in the absence of due process and Constitutional constraints. These factual accounts provide more proof that association-governed communities are much more than contractual agreements among Continue ReadingYour HOA: part corporation, part police state?

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California HOA reverses its “open garage door” rule

Association says it will seek a more ‘reasonable’ solution By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As suspected, Auburn Greens HOA has backed off of its insanely stupid rule requiring residents to keep their garage doors open 5 days per week. Ah, the power of media attention. But don’t get too excited about this little victory yet. After all, we still don’t know what sort of “reasonable policy” will be enacted next.   Homeowners association Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA reverses its “open garage door” rule

This might win the prize for the most stupid HOA rule

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Now here’s a report that you might expect from The Onion, the infamous internet site for satirical and entirely untrue news stories. But, no, this KCRA report featuring residents upset about a new HOA “garage door policy” is apparently for real. Believe it or not, Auburn Greens HOA has enacted a new rule that requires all residents to leave their roll-up garage doors wide open all day, from Continue ReadingThis might win the prize for the most stupid HOA rule

The war on Christmas, holiday decorating continues for apartment, condo HOA dwellers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I can remember the neighborhood of my childhood at Christmastime. Almost every house on my block was decorated with colored lights, wreaths, candles in the windows, light-up Santa and snowman figures, and Nativity scenes. Neighbors who celebrated Hanukkah would place a Menorah in one of their windows, and maybe some blue lights outside. The display was especially magical at night, and I can recall taking evening walks, and Continue ReadingThe war on Christmas, holiday decorating continues for apartment, condo HOA dwellers