Lawsuit against Bella Collina HOA falls apart

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Sometimes a bitter homeowner’s association dispute is not what it seems. Readers may recall a previous post about Bella Collina, an exclusive planned golf resort community near Orlando. In March of 2017, the Orlando Sentinel reported that lot owners in Bella Collina of Monteverde (near Clermont), Florida, filed a proposed class action lawsuit against developer Dwight Schar. The lawsuit alleged racketeering on the part of the developer, and accused Schar Continue ReadingLawsuit against Bella Collina HOA falls apart

HOA, condo, & co-op fraud, theft, & corruption roundup (April 2018)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s roundup includes dishonest board members of association-governed communities, a developer previously sanctioned for fraudulent activity, and HOA foreclosure fraud.     Former HOA treasurer pleads guilty to theft By Kim Smith ksmith@gvnews.com Apr 23, 2018 A former HOA treasurer accused of stealing more than $204,000 from the Canoa Seca Estates II homeowners association could be placed on probation or receive up to 12½ years in prison after Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op fraud, theft, & corruption roundup (April 2018)

MN woman sues HOA for discriminatory enforcement of covenants

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today I share the predicament of a townhouse owner from Minnesota. Her story begs the question: barring any public nuisance or criminal activity, is it appropriate for a homeowners association to dictate your choice of house guests or roommates? And should it be legal for your Association to monitor and impose minimum time restrictions for their length of stay in your home? Teri Ross, a marketing and social media Continue ReadingMN woman sues HOA for discriminatory enforcement of covenants

Ohio HOA forcing owners to pay up despite filthy pool, peeling paint

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Chances are, if you actually choose to live in an HOA, you do so expecting a clean, safe neighborhood. And maybe you envision yourself lounging by the community pool after a round of tennis. After all, the political spin from the Association Governed housing industry is that HOAs enhance and protect property values, keep the community looking good, and provide affordable access to amenities most homeowners could otherwise not Continue ReadingOhio HOA forcing owners to pay up despite filthy pool, peeling paint