Why aren’t Austin condos rebuilt yet, 2 years after fire?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Every month I read several reports about fires in condominiums. Unfortunately, they are fairly common. Damage from a fire can range from mildly disruptive to devastating, and some fires lead to serious injuries or fatalities. After the immediate crisis subsides, however, the process of repairing and rebuilding a …

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HOA, Condo, Co-op Corruption, Fraud, and Theft Roundup (Sept. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Sept 26, 2017 (10:44 PM)   Florida title attorney gets 40 months in prison for bank fraud, embezzlement, money laundering Defrauded Bank of America, GulfSouth Private Bank, other banks September 5, 2017 Ben Lane A Florida title attorney will spend more than the next three years in prison …

HOA living – What has more value, property or people?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I was watching the morning news, with extensive coverage of devastation from floods in southeast Texas. One thing is for sure. Hurricane Harvey has hit hard, forcing evacuation of residents of humble cottages and estate homes alike. The flooded area includes Houston and Galveston, and, according to current reports, …

Two keys to ending HOA abuse

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several months ago, inspired by offline discussions about the root causes of dysfunction and abuse in association-governed communities, I published Recipe for HOA abuse: too much power, no accountability here on IAC. At the time, several states were considering numerous legislative proposals aimed at holding homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations …

Homeowners suing Poinciana’s developer left and right

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated 9:15 PM EDT Regular readers of IAC know that Poinciana, a large master planned community in Central Florida, has been a hotbed of conflict and controversy for at least the past several years. And that trend continues with the latest motion filed in Polk County circuit court. AV …

Struggling Golf Courses spark complaints from HOA communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   An oversupply of golf courses, many of then integrated into planned communities, has led to hundreds of golf business owners deciding to sell and move on. But what will become of former golf course land?     Will the circle be unbroken: Walden Lake golf course gets a trim, …

Why do HOA residents rarely organize and fight back against injustice?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The latest association-governed common interest community (HOA) industry PR effort that appears to be news - but is not news - is a report from WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. The gist of this report is that, when your HOA is non-responsive, read your governing documents, organize a group …

WA state HOA decides if rebuilding is worth the cost

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Homeowners in Sudden Valley, a large-scale association-governed community in Bellingham, Washington, have been fighting for several years about whether or not to preserve HOA property. In fact, an article was previously published on IAC in 2015 , discussing the HOA's difficulty in getting a new budget approved, and …

Do some U.S. homeowners have more private property rights than others?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As we celebrate Independence Day in the U.S., it is the appropriate time to reflect on the status of private property rights in America, especially with regard to homeownership and association-governed communities. Legal dictionaries define private property as: The ownership of tangible and intangible goods by an individual who …