Safety, security not guaranteed in homeowners, condo associations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many residents and home buyers are concerned with safety and security these days, even in private communities. Unfortunately, a neighborhood of attractive homes and condos is not immune to either property or violent crime. But did you know that local law enforcement offices seldom patrols association-governed communities? Local police … More Safety, security not guaranteed in homeowners, condo associations

Why we should thank the homeowner that spent $33K to sue his HOA over a $500 mailbox

He won in court, but apprently his neighbors are unhappy about that   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Keith Strong of Maryland recently discovered that when you sue your homeowners association, the controversy continues even after the lawsuit is over.   Man who fought HOA over $500 mailbox and won says his mailbox … More Why we should thank the homeowner that spent $33K to sue his HOA over a $500 mailbox

Recent amendment to Michigan HOA bill prevents suing developer for construction defects

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Who should have the power to decide whether or not to pursue litigation against a condominium developer for defective construction of common property: the condominium association’s board of directors or the entire membership, based upon a two-thirds vote of approval? That is the crucial question currently under consideration by … More Recent amendment to Michigan HOA bill prevents suing developer for construction defects

Millennium Tower Lawsuit alleges collusion among Developers, transit authority, and building inspectors

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Gerald Dodson, a retired litigator and owner of San Francisco’s now infamous Millennium Tower condominium, filed a lawsuit this month against the Tower’s developers, Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA),San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection (DBI), and the City Attorney’s Office. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of 19 unit owners, … More Millennium Tower Lawsuit alleges collusion among Developers, transit authority, and building inspectors

Condo owners sue seller, Realtor, Association for nondisclosure of potential $60K assessment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every day I hear or read about outrageous events in Association Governed Housing Communities. And I see the same issues over and over again. These are not “isolated incidents” as the HOA industry would have the public believe. Two very common issues I encounter: disputes over who should pay … More Condo owners sue seller, Realtor, Association for nondisclosure of potential $60K assessment

IL condo association threatens fines for distributing board election letters

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For a few months now, I’ve been following a developing story involving The State Parkway Condo Association in Chicago. According to Loop North News, Michael Novak is a CPA with an MBA in finance. Novak became concerned when State Parkway announced an assessment increase of 12% this year, following … More IL condo association threatens fines for distributing board election letters

Judge calls DR Horton “greedy corporate giant” in HOA lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I shared the news of Millennium Tower, a luxury condo tower in San Francisco that is rapidly sinking into the ground, and the subject of several lawsuits. Units in Millennium Tower sold for at least a half million dollars, with penthouse units selling in the millions, but now … More Judge calls DR Horton “greedy corporate giant” in HOA lawsuit

How does HOA litigation affect owners and residents?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m not an attorney. However, over the past 5 years, I have been reading legal complaints, case summaries, and generally following the progress of legal disputes in Association-Governed Housing. I read and analyze pages and pages of dry, verbose information, including legal opinions, to gain a better understanding of … More How does HOA litigation affect owners and residents?

When these HOA members got involved, they got sued

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How many times have we heard homeowners, Community Association Managers and attorneys lament about apathy in HOAs? A quick Google search on “HOA Apathy” results in dozens of articles on the subject. Few attend annual meetings, so there’s never a quorum. No one wants to serve on the Association’s … More When these HOA members got involved, they got sued

What is CAI’s Public Policy on HOA Construction Defect claims?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Community Associations Institute (CAI) often claims that, by way of representing homeowners, condominium, or cooperative associations, it also represents all homeowners living in Association Governed Housing. But CAI is a trade group made up primarily of community association managers and attorneys. Most of the “homeowner” members are from a … More What is CAI’s Public Policy on HOA Construction Defect claims?