If we abolish HOA fines, how can homeowners protect property values?

Homeowner volunteers faces smiling

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I reposted one of my previous articles, which sparked a spirited discussion  of abolishing the power of HOAs to fine their neighbors. Today’s post takes the discussion to the next level. In case you missed it, here’s the link: Here’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed Do we really need or want HOAs to be The Enforcers? Why abolish HOA power to fine? A growing Continue ReadingIf we abolish HOA fines, how can homeowners protect property values?

Indiana HOA hoped city would enforce overnight parking ban

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The board of Tuscany Village homeowners’ association recently asked the City of Greenwood to create a new parking Ordinance, just for the association-governed community. According to Fox59 News, the HOA board sent a letter to City Council, asking for new signs for their neighborhood, stating “No Overnight Street Parking 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM.” In the letter, the board lists its many reasons for the request, which include everything from Continue ReadingIndiana HOA hoped city would enforce overnight parking ban

Here’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed

Do we really need or want HOAs to be The Enforcers? Arizona Constitutional Rights advocate George K. Staropoli recently published a few posts on an important appellate court opinion in Turtle Rock III HOA vs. Lynne Fisher, involving a homeowners,’ condominium, or cooperative association‘s statutory right to impose monetary fines upon members who violate covenants, restrictions, rules, and regulations. In brief, the homeowner, Fisher, appealed a lower court’s ruling that Turtle Rock HOA was entitled Continue ReadingHere’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed

California towns imitating HOAs, attorneys reap profits

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