Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities George Staropoli published a fascinating and important blog this week, entitled We don’t want no stinkin’ government protection for HOA members. It is well worth reading and commenting. You can do so here: https://pvtgov.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/we-dont-want-no-stinkin-government-protection-for-hoa-members/ In his blog, regarding a recent newsletter from a California HOA attorney, Staropoli ponders: This … More Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

The Great HOA Divide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every day I read dozens of reports of conflict and division in association-governed, common interest communities. None of it surprises me anymore. The pattern of behavior and the nature of these fights is disturbingly predictable. Some experts in the industry blame frequent conflict on a few selfish people, those … More The Great HOA Divide

What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After listening to residents, and reading and learning about issues affecting association-governed common interest communities for more than five years, as well as writing about them for almost three years, something very important is happening. Finally, people are starting to discuss possible solutions to problems and alternative housing models. … More What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

HOA, Condo Legislation updates: Hawaii

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As noted in a previous blog, several HOA and Condominium bills have been introduced in Hawaii this year. One of the most notable, HB 381, a proposal for establishment of a Condominium Ombudsman to handle dispute resolution, has died in committee, following testimony at a hearing held on February 8, 2017. … More HOA, Condo Legislation updates: Hawaii

Illinois condo legislation would increase transparency

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few months ago, Michael Novak, a resident of State Parkway Condominium in Chicago, was being threatened with fines by his condo association for having the audacity to communicate with his neighbors by door-dropping letters about an upcoming association meeting and election. (In case you missed it, you can … More Illinois condo legislation would increase transparency

Six months after building collapse, condo owners have no answers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   WTOP recently released an update on River Towers condo owners displaced after one wing of their building suddenly collapsed. The incident occurred in October 2016 in Fairfax County, Virginia. Unfortunately, six months has gone by and condo owners still do not know the official cause of the incident. … More Six months after building collapse, condo owners have no answers

What is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   To solve any problem, it helps to identify its cause or causes. So as we attempt to tackle social and economic problems plaguing many of our association-governed, common interest communities, we need to look beyond the increasingly obvious abuse and HOA horror stories, and recognize that we have … More What is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

Years following Omaha annexation, owners consider dissolving HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A group of Omaha homeowners in the Walnut Grove neighborhood, originally established in the 1970s, is calling for putting and end to their homeowners association. The story was recently reported by WOWT. Not so neighborly dispute over spending dues By Mike McKnight | Posted: Tue 6:12 PM, Mar 21, … More Years following Omaha annexation, owners consider dissolving HOA

HOA Legislation updates – March 2017 (IA, IL, MO, PA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Iowa Legislation to include single family planned communities with HOAs dies in committee A few months ago, I told you about a group of homeowners in Iowa who worked on legislation for homeowners associations. Iowa currently has statues governing condominium and cooperative associations, but not planned communities with … More HOA Legislation updates – March 2017 (IA, IL, MO, PA)

Does the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 apply to HOA corporations?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The question of whether or not the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) applies to corporations of association-governed communities was addressed on a discussion group recently. A number of participants in the discussion group relayed stories of their homeowners or condo associations suing them or taking other punitive actions in … More Does the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 apply to HOA corporations?