By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m seeing a disturbing trend: reports of local government corruption and profiteering. And the strategies being used by town, city, and county elected officials mirror abusive tactics commonly used in association-governed communities. As you read the following article published by Reason magazine, note the parallels to HOA-ville. First, a homeowner or shareholder is fined by the homeowners,’ condo, or cooperative association, usually for some minor or bogus violation of Continue ReadingCalifornia towns imitating HOAs, attorneys reap profits
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?
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
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