Why can’t City help homeowners in developer controlled HOA?

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Homeowners in the Pine Grove subdivision in Stockbridge, Georgia are so fed up with their developer-controlled HOA, they lined up to complain to their City Council at a June meeting. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com.      Construction began in the Pine Grove subdivision a few years before the 2008 recession, when the original developer, Knight Builders, declared bankruptcy. According to a report in the Henry Herald, several different real estate investment groups Continue ReadingWhy can’t City help homeowners in developer controlled HOA?

HOA members, including a deputy, school board member, accused of texting pornography

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating criminal activity among residents of an upscale planned HOA community in Cumming, Georgia. The allegations include unlawful surveillance, computer theft, trespassing, invasion of privacy, terroristic threats and pornography. These are the shocking complaints filed against 8 residents of Pleasant Manor Estates Homeowners’ Association, Cumming, Georgia. One of suburban Altanta’s newest communities, Pleasant Manor Estates consists of stately homes priced roughly between $300,000 to Continue ReadingHOA members, including a deputy, school board member, accused of texting pornography

Condo association orders woman to get rid of one of her dogs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s feature news story comes from Kaitlyn Ross — known as K9 Kait — of 11 Alive. Susan Raney owns a condo at Miles-Parkway Plaza, governed by the City Heights Condo Association. Condo rules set a limit of two dogs per unit.  And, up until a year ago, Raney owned two pets, and was in compliance with the rules.   Owner adopts a third dog Raney began taking Continue ReadingCondo association orders woman to get rid of one of her dogs

The slow, painful deaths of HOA & condo associations

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA-industry trade groups promote housing development governed by homeowners and condominium associations as sustainable communities. But don’t be fooled. Those claims are nothing more than public relations and marketing hype. The truth is, most “community associations” succumb to a variety of problems and crises that lead to their slow, painful decline and ultimate death. Today I’ll highlight two examples.   Camelot burns to the ground, but HOA still collects Continue ReadingThe slow, painful deaths of HOA & condo associations