Queen Village homeowners sue HOA over noise violations caused by gated entry

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Meagan Regina and Matt Iannone, a young millennial couple, were married in 2013, in Philadelphia. Matt is an engineer for the U.S. Navy, Meagan works for a non-profit community organization. Their love of historic homes and a waterfront setting drew the couple to Queen Village, where they spent many weekends searching for just the right home that would be spacious enough to start a family. In August 2016, in Continue ReadingQueen Village homeowners sue HOA over noise violations caused by gated entry

Reader’s Choice 2017: When you buy into a gated HOA community, you pay for private roads

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: When you buy into a gated HOA community, you pay for private roads

PA HOA blocking gate access-playing the shame game

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   More warm, fuzzy neighborly behavior in a homeowners association (HOA), this time in Pocono Lakes’ gated Arrowhead section. There are several negative social dynamics at play here, and it all begins with the HOA’s power to fine one’s neighbor. Add in a lack of communication – no one bothered to personally talk to the homeowner about the supposed parking violation – and you create instant animosity. The policy of Continue ReadingPA HOA blocking gate access-playing the shame game

GA: HOA conflict over gated entry heats up

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Not long ago, I shared a report of a DeKalb County GA community, where owners were shocked to learn that the $80,000 security gate they had previously rejected due to lack of funds, was later approved by the Board president to the tune of $135,000. Well, now there’s a follow up report, following a Fox 5 News interview with Brighton Village President Michael Pillow. Check out Pillow’s side of Continue ReadingGA: HOA conflict over gated entry heats up