Should cities adopt HOA-like restrictions?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In today’s post, IAC considers the question: in the relentless quest for protecting property values, haven’t some cities gone too far?   Beware: Some cities turning into HOAs on steroids Several city and county governments in Georgia are up in arms about proposed restrictions on their power to dictate design elements of single-family and duplex homes. Five House representatives are sponsoring a bill that would prohibit local governments from Continue ReadingShould cities adopt HOA-like restrictions?

Who’s suing the HOA now? (Feb 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: class action lawsuit involving special assessment for balcony defects; homeowner sues claiming racial discrimination; HOA refuses to allow veteran to put up a flagpole and fly the American flag Georgia: Class action lawsuit says condo association relied on fake building engineer’s advice, and it cost unit owners $5,000 apiece According to a report from WSB-TV, several years ago, homeowners of 1280 West condominium were forced to pay Continue ReadingWho’s suing the HOA now? (Feb 2019)

GA state senator and colleagues lose HOA election, but refuse to give up seats on board

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s election season in many homeowners,’ condominium, and cooperative associations. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year we see and hear many reports of HOA election disputes. Take, for example, Southland Owners Association in Stone Mountain, Georgia. WGCL news CBS46 interviewed several homeowners who are frustrated with the operation of their HOA. A fairly large group of owners decided to do something about it. They got involved, arranged for Continue ReadingGA state senator and colleagues lose HOA election, but refuse to give up seats on board

Tenant, owner nightmares continue with leaky, moldy condos

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The Worthington, Marietta, faces huge financial challenges By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here’s another typical “affordable” condominium residential community near the end of its life cycle – The Worthington Condominiums, located in Marietta, Georgia. Cobb County records indicate that The Worthington consists of two buildings at 1960 and 1962 Spectrum Circle, both constructed in 1985. There are 188 units in two 7-story buildings, available in several floor plans with one to three bedrooms. Active Continue ReadingTenant, owner nightmares continue with leaky, moldy condos