Do homeowners experience due process in HOAs?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Following yesterday’s blog, Legislation should limit power of HOAs, a reader sent the following comment: This article raises many important issues and misunderstandings about HOA governance. At the Owner level, far too many Owners do not understand their Governing Documents and their rights and duties under those Governing Documents, particularly … More Do homeowners experience due process in HOAs?

Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

Homeowners fed up with what they say is bully behavior   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s report from KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri, highlights a big problem for many association-governed planned communities: developers that control their new home neighborhoods with an iron fist. According to the report, homeowners in Copperfield Home Owners Association … More Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

Not all homeowners find value in HOA corporations. Some want to dissolve them.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This week, Shu Bartholomew and I talk about homeowners who want to disband their HOAs, and highlight a few communities that are taking concrete steps to do so. The truth is, contrary to marketing hype, association governance does not ensure higher property values, nor does it foster a … More Not all homeowners find value in HOA corporations. Some want to dissolve them.

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?