Homeowners learn the shocking truth: HOAs are undemocratic

Property does not have rights People do

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com I’m pleased to see that more and more journalists are starting to investigate the tyranny that reigns in HOA-ville, U.S.A., enabled by state laws that defer to blatantly unfair HOA governing documents. The undemocratic, corporate model of voting in the vast majority of mandatory membership HOAs has been a pet peeve of mine for years, and a hot topic here on IAC since its beginnings in 2015. In Continue ReadingHomeowners learn the shocking truth: HOAs are undemocratic

HOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (Fall 2019)

Case law books court legal appeal

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The courts weigh in on excess HOA foreclosure sale proceeds, HOA assessments as consumer debts, disclosure document fees, HOA election bylaws, and CC&R amendments. Arizona Court rejects investor’s claim for excess sale proceeds following HOA foreclosure An investor, Patterson Commercial Land Acquisition & Development, LLC, purchased a home for $42,000 at an HOA foreclosure sale, paying off a $14,000 HOA lien. Incredibly, Patterson then filed a claim to Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (Fall 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op news digest (Dec. 1, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA news highlights for homeowners, residents, housing advocates, and stakeholders in the HOA industry. Florida A well-written report of the futility of being the “condo critic.” Johnny Ray, 59, A retired resort developer from Michigan, purchased a condo at 3360 S. Ocean Blvd. several years ago, with the intent to retire to sunny South Florida. But he soon discovered a plethora of problems with the way the board was Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news digest (Dec. 1, 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Nov 2019)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com This month: several property managers and HOA treasurers accused of embezzlement; defendant says alcoholism played a role in his HOA thefts; sentencing of former Colorado and Virginia HOA managers and an Iowa board treasurer; owners in a Washington HOA to pay higher fees as a result of embezzlement. Colorado Former HOA Administrator gets maximum 7 years in prison for violation of public trust Earlier this month, Chief Judge Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Nov 2019)