Some IAC readers are HOA board members with the best of intentions for their communities. But they lack impartial guidance and support following a crisis. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I know some IAC readers are current or former members of their homeowners, condo, or co-op association boards. And many of them have the best of intentions for their communities. I also know that, aside from internal political battles to oust incompetent or unethical Continue ReadingCondo, HOA boards stuck with big problems, no help
Association-governed communities have important responsibilities, but many times, the HOA falls short of fulfilling its duties. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s a serious safety warning: make sure the pool service contractor for your HOA’s pool club knows how to safely handle and monitor those pool chemicals. A San Jose area pool contractor made a dangerous error — mixing muriatic acid with chlorine. It created a noxious gas cloud that floated Continue ReadingThis month’s roundup of HOA dysfunction (June 2018)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every month I read several reports about fires in condominiums. Unfortunately, they are fairly common. Damage from a fire can range from mildly disruptive to devastating, and some fires lead to serious injuries or fatalities. After the immediate crisis subsides, however, the process of repairing and rebuilding a multifamily condominium building tends to be long and drawn out. If owners are lucky, they will be able to return Continue ReadingWhy aren’t Austin condos rebuilt yet, 2 years after fire?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What exactly is affordable housing? Basically, it is housing created for working class and low income households. The housing itself can take several forms. Apartment-style buildings with multiple units are the most common, but there are also townhouses, manufactured (mobile) homes, and the newest fad, tiny homes. Developers of affordable housing almost always get a tax break, and most housing is subsidized through federal, state, or local tax dollars. Sometimes Continue ReadingFox Hollow (Memphis) and Tymber Skan condos – affordable housing failures