Reader’s Choice 2017: Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes

It’s that time of the year. For the rest of the year, I’ll be reposting the 10 most read articles here on IAC. Thanks for following, reading, and sharing. Special thanks to readers who have provided inspiration for blog topics, and for those who have been willing to share their personal HOA stories. Public awareness is the first step on the road to justice for housing consumers. Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and Continue ReadingReader’s Choice 2017: Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes

HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislative Highlights (October 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities District of Columbia Effective April 2017, the Condominium Owner Bill of Rights and Responsibilities Amendment Act of 2016 provides some consumer-friendly provisions. First, the Act requires condominium associations to provide written notice to an owner who becomes delinquent on assessments. The notice must include a breakdown of all charges, and inform the owner about his or her options to access low-cost or free assistance from the DC Department of Housing Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op Legislative Highlights (October 2017)

Try as they might, HOA cannot stop publicity of child’s pink playhouse denial

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A few weeks ago, when I first viewed a report on Rock Hill HOA’s denial of a little girl’s back yard playhouse, I published an article that included a Google Maps satellite image of the community. The HOA calls the quaint chilren’s cottage, pictured above, a shed, even though it is quite clearly a play structure. Shortly after my post went live, I heard from homeowner Bobbie Goolsby, Continue ReadingTry as they might, HOA cannot stop publicity of child’s pink playhouse denial

Spike in HOA foreclosures – implications for legislative change

Updated Jan. 14, 2018 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The subject of foreclosure by association-governed communities is getting substantial attention in the past year or two, and that’s a good thing. Investigative reports, such as the following article published by The Arizona Republic at azcetnral.com, serve to increase public awareness of risks for homeowners, as well as the high potential for HOA abuse of its statutory powers. According to The Republic, Arizona HOA foreclosures Continue ReadingSpike in HOA foreclosures – implications for legislative change