It’s HOA budget season. Let the chaos begin.

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a recent KTNV report, an annual budget meeting at Highland Ranch Homeowners’ Association ended in chaos, with local sheriff called in to disperse the crowd. An uncharacteristically large number of angry homeowners gathered to attend the meeting in a small office on HOA property. But due to lack of space, many of them could not enter the room. What has the homeowners so riled up? The HOA Continue ReadingIt’s HOA budget season. Let the chaos begin.

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Chicago condo owners file lawsuit to stop deconversion ‘fraud’

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated October 9, 2018 Note: the updated version of this post corrects the record about Micheline Magharious. Based upon news sources cited at the time of the original post, a previous version of this article mistakenly stated that Magharious was a principal of Marc Realty. I have been informed by Kelly Elmore, Esq. of KSN that Magharious has never served as a principal at Marc Realty. Fourteen owners of Continue ReadingChicago condo owners file lawsuit to stop deconversion ‘fraud’

Do “open meeting” and “open record” laws apply to all HOA, condo, & co-ops?

It may surprise readers to learn that the answer varies by state. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   One of the goals of IAC is to make my readers aware that corporate and non-profit laws pertaining to association-governed communities vary considerably by state. Put another way, since association-governed, common interest communities are legally recognized as private organizations, the U.S. has no federal statutes pertaining to proper governance. The best way to illustrate this fact Continue ReadingDo “open meeting” and “open record” laws apply to all HOA, condo, & co-ops?

CCFJ asks: Are these HOA meeting rules “reasonable?”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Does your homeowners’, condominium, or cooperative association operate transparently? Are Board meetings open to all owners to attend? Are Board and Annual Member meetings recorded? Are owners permitted to speak at meetings? Over and over again, in response to criticism of HOAs, the industry trade group Community Associations Institute insist that: Your HOA Board consists of neighborhood volunteers elected by neighbors If you’re dissatisfied, get involved: attend meetings, volunteer Continue ReadingCCFJ asks: Are these HOA meeting rules “reasonable?”