Does an HOA respect your due process rights? Don’t count on it.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This past week, the controversial confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice had the effect of raising America’s awareness of the importance of due process to the U.S. Justice System. Likewise, it has shined the light upon the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Due process is a …

Thinking outside the HOA box – considerations for housing policy makers

Is “Living the Dream” truly possible for residents of homeowners associations? The stark realities of HOAs, condominium associations, and various types of housing cooperatives are well documented By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In the real estate industry, the concept of achieving the American Dream is alive and well. And, for many people, the …

FL condo owner shoots husband while arguing about HOA violations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here’s another shocking report of violence in an association-governed community. A domestic dispute over HOA issues escalated when a woman fired four shots at her husband. It happened in a Boynton Beach community. Aspen Leaf Drive is an upper middle class neighborhood, with homes valued around $400,000. According …

Olathe Kansas homeowner’s bittersweet win against his oppressive HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesThe story of a years-long dispute between Jim Hildenbrand and Avignon Villa Homes Community Association is a textbook example of waste and abuse of the legal system. And it highlights the fact that, even when you “win” a lawsuit against your HOA, you usually lose. As reported by Judy L. …

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 …

High profile property rights case highlights impact of restrictions on HOA membership

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Feb. 12, 2018 Homeowners’ Associations have become so common, that they now exist in every state and for various purposes. Media reports, often driven by the real estate industry, tend to portray HOAs as large master planned communities with resort-style recreational amenities, or private residential neighborhood havens, some …

MI condo owners ask — is “breaking and entering” just a “civil matter?”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ed Zaorski and Tony Richter, two Catholic priests serving the Detroit area, have owned a condo at Harbour View Pointe, Linwood, MI, for nearly 7 years. The modest lake view property serves as a peaceful respite from their hectic city lives. Each of the 23 homes in the Harbour View …

Reader’s Choice 2017: Homeowners suing Poinciana’s developer left and right

It’s that time of the year. For the rest of the year, I’ll be reposting the 10 most read articles here on IAC. Thanks for following, reading, and sharing. Special thanks to readers who have provided inspiration for blog topics, and for those who have been willing to share their personal HOA stories. Public awareness …

(CA) What was motive for Aladdin Drive condo murder-suicide?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Multiple news sources report a tragic murder-suicide at an upscale condominium complex on Aladdin Drive near Huntington Harbor Bay Club (CA). Several residents in the community say the man and woman involved in the incident have had an ongoing neighbor feud, perhaps over landscape preferences, according to one …

Reader’s choice 2017: HOA LAWSUITS: A REALITY CHECK

  It’s that time of the year. For the rest of the year, I’ll be reposting the 10 most read articles here on IAC. Thanks for following, reading, and sharing. Special thanks to readers who have provided inspiration for blog topics, and for those who have been willing to share their personal HOA stories. Public …