Lawsuit: HabiJax, City shift blame for problems at Fairway Oaks

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two years after Fairway Oaks HOA filed a lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville and HabiJax, there’s still no relief in sight for homeowners. In yet another move to dismiss the lawsuit, the City blames several other parties for current conditions at the affordable housing complex. Those other parties include the former landowners of the site, the homeowners association, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Housing and Continue ReadingLawsuit: HabiJax, City shift blame for problems at Fairway Oaks

Fairway Oaks, Jacksonville homeowners protest environmental contamination

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post is an update to an ongoing story of environmental injustice. Fairway Oaks residents have been fighting a legal battle against Habitat for Humanity – Jacksonville (HabiJax) and the city of Jacksonvile for more than a decade. In December, in response the City’s request to dismiss the case, Duvall County Judge Karen Cole ruled that a class action lawsuit brought by homeowners could move forward. The lawsuit claims Continue ReadingFairway Oaks, Jacksonville homeowners protest environmental contamination

Fairway Oaks residents with sinking homes protest against HabiJax, city leaders

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I have been following reports on the plight of Fairway Oaks Homeowners Association in Jacksonville, Florida, since 2016. Fairways Oaks is an affordable housing community built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers in 2000. Less than a decade following construction, homeowners – each of them paying off a 25-year mortgage used to purchase their homes – noticed large cracks in their concrete slab foundations. From those cracks, insects and Continue ReadingFairway Oaks residents with sinking homes protest against HabiJax, city leaders

A tale of two HOAs plagued by construction defects

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities J Have you noticed a pattern with widely publicized media reports of construction defect settlements? They almost always seem to involve high end condo associations, with owners that can afford to hire the best attorneys to go up against prominent developers and architecture firms. Settlements in the millions create good publicity for construction defect attorneys, after all. But what about owners of modest means, or low-income owners of affordable Continue ReadingA tale of two HOAs plagued by construction defects