By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities IAC is reading an increasing number of reports about attorneys willing to sue your HOA. Sure, industry trade groups will attempt to convince Americans that residents are satisfied with life in a common interest community association. But, there’s no doubt about it: homeowners, condominium, and co-op associations are highly litigious environments. That’s why the industry sells insurance to HOAs! Your association’s insurance policies, paid for by property owner assessments, generally Continue ReadingMore and more attorneys willing to sue the HOA
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated July 6, 2018 10:06 P.M. Continuing in the spirit of Independence Day, today’s post highlights three examples of homeowners fighting back against nasty neighbors and HOA board members. How do they do it? In all three cases, instead of cowering in fear, these homeowners expose abusive, HOA bully behavior to the public. Veteran says flag dispute with HOA forced him to sell home Wednesday, July 4th Continue ReadingMore homeowners stand up against HOA bullies and abuse
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This Independence Day, IAC reflects upon recent events that indicate that the courts and real estate developers are rethinking the management industry’s decades-old attempt at restricting property rights by way of restrictive covenants. Residents of property governed by homeowners’ associations are increasingly challenging the HOA’s rights to enforce restrictive covenants, rules and regulations. Likewise, with increasing frequency, HOAs are compelled to back off of unauthorized or arbitrary enforcement, and Continue ReadingIs the tide turning with respect to private property rights of HOA residents?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated: April 5, 2018 The real estate industry sells housing consumers on the concept of homeowners’ associations, claiming the rules they enforce protect property values. There’s no solid evidence to prove that a home in an association-governed community is worth more to a home buyer than a comparable home without all the extra covenants, restrictions, rules, and regulations (CC&Rs) of the typical, modern HOA. On the other hand, Continue ReadingOffensive HOA rules against American flag, religious statue, and bluebonnet flowers