HOA security guard assaults resident of FL gated community

Former Allied Universal Security guard Joseph Golden arrested, out on bail By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Community Last Saturday, according to a report on NBC2, a resident of the Sandoval neighborhood in Cape Coral says that an HOA security guard attacked her as she tried to dirve through the entry gate. The woman says the gate guard ordered her to get out of her car, and, when she refused, he punched her in the face. Continue ReadingHOA security guard assaults resident of FL gated community

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Fair Housing discrimination: the HOA war against the school bus

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What takes priority: a community’s right to limit traffic, or the safety of its school children?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every year when it’s time for children to go back to school, it’s inevitable. We see reports of homeowners’ associations board members that feel the need to do something about the presence of school buses in their private communities. Why? What is so horrible about a bright yellow bus or van carting kids Continue ReadingFair Housing discrimination: the HOA war against the school bus

The myth of affordable, low maintenance, carefree condo living

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sales agents, developers, and management industry trade groups have been marketing condominiums as affordable housing, designed for residents who don’t have the time or the inclination to worry about many home maintenance tasks. But condo buyers, and even tenants need to recognize that condo living is not always as carefree as advertised. Today’s post cites several examples of condominiums that are definitely not well-managed or maintained, and, therefore, neither Continue ReadingThe myth of affordable, low maintenance, carefree condo living

Homeowners fight back: SC HOA scraps plan to sanction owners for speeding

Dunes West POA had planned to use electronic tracking equipment to monitor speed and take photos of license plates Offenders would have had their resident gate access suspended Traffic problems in association-governed communities across the U.S. are creating a new trend of self-enforcement by homeowners associations. But many homeowners view HOA enforcement as extreme overreach of authority. One example: Dunes West POA in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Last week, Board President Tom Boyer announced a Continue ReadingHomeowners fight back: SC HOA scraps plan to sanction owners for speeding