Conservative talk show host threatens to “torpedo a lawsuit” against his HOA

Mark Levin fed up, suggests national movement against Homeowner associations By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesA reader alerted me to the fact that conservative radio talk show host, Mark Levin, admitted on air that he’s fed up with his HOA. Whether you agree with Mr. Levin’s partisan politics or not, you need to listen to …

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How HOA bullies – and bystanders – create harmful neighborhood conflict

Photo: Neil Brooks with dog Sam (photo supplied and used with permission) By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I recently heard from a former association-governed community homeowner in Colorado, Neil Brooks. Unfortunately, Neil was recently diagnosed with an incurable type of heart failure, as well as an untreatable form of pulmonary hypertension. “There are no (proven …

California Corporate Owners Association destroys church’s Christmas Nativity Scene

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The holiday season would not be complete without another dispute over holiday decorations, especially display of religious symbols. CBS New Channel 8 reports that Ranch Maintenance Agreement (RMA) Association in Oceanside, through its management company, STOS Partners, cited Pastor Openshaw for placement of a Nativity Scene on association property, …

Poor urban planning, unkind attitudes lead to unreasonable parking restrictions in CA HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Donie Vanitzian’s column in the L.A. Times is a great inspiration for my Sunday blog. This week’s Q&A addresses a very common source of conflict in increasingly dense housing governed by private homeowners’ associations: parking restrictions. But don’t just read the column. Be sure to read the comments, …

Some HOA amenities falling out of favor, disappearing for good

Homeowners lament loss of their favorite hobbies - and property values By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Quite often I hear from homeowners who tell me that, while they are frustrated with their homeowners’ association, they are reluctant to move because they enjoy their community amenities. On the other hand, I also hear from …

Mixed Use dispute: condo owners ask judge to shut down bar business

Bar owner, Lyndsay Edmonds, countersues condo association   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Bay City, Michigan, is the site of another typical legal dispute between commercial and residential unit owners of a mixed use condominium association. According to reports in Bay City News, the 12-unit Shearer Block Condo Onwer’s Association is suing Edmonds …

HOA President in Wyoming arrested for violent attack of resident

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Three recent reports detail the arrest of Indian Springs HOA President, Wade C. Miller, who allegedly admitted to aggressively attacking a resident on Okeepa Road in Casper, Wyoming. According to reports, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) responded to a report of the assault on November 25. The unnamed …

No guarantee of private property rights for condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Thinking of buying a condo? Before you make a financial commitment, here are three important considerations. 1. Think about how you plan to use the condo. People buy condos for different reasons, with vastly different expectations. Which category best describes your reasons for considering a condo purchase? Buying …

AZ condo owners win legal fight over $5M special assessment

New condo board faces difficult decisions - How to pay for new A/C without alienating condo owners   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The story of the iconic Phoenix Landmark Condominium, as reported by Catherine Reagor and Jessica Boehm of The Republic, is a typical example of everything that can go wrong for condo …

Living the dream: is it possible in HOA “community associations?”

The stark realities of HOAs, condominium associations, and various types of housing cooperatives are well documented here on Independent American Communities. 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 Dream is not complete without owning …