Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

Homeowners fed up with what they say is bully behavior   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today's report from KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri, highlights a big problem for many association-governed planned communities: developers that control their new home neighborhoods with an iron fist. According to the report, homeowners in Copperfield Home Owners Association …

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HOA Legislation updates – March 2017 (CO and FL)

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Colorado Construction Defects debate heats up, but is compromise possible? A new compromise bill has been introduced in the House, in the hopes that Colorado legislators can finally address the state's highly controversial construction defect laws pertaining to common interest, association-governed communities. In past blogs, I have criticized the …

After nearly three years of legal battles, Florida condo owners find replacing their board a daunting task

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Whenever I read talking points from an industry trade group, Community Associations Institute (CAI), claiming that Association Governed Communities are "democratic" self- governance, I cringe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps in a perfect world. But most associations are far from perfection when it comes to conducting …

IAC Year in review: Top HOA, Condo, Co-op Blogs of 2016

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Readers: As 2016 comes to an end, I want to thank all of you for following Independent American Communities (IAC). Special thanks to those who pass along interesting articles on important issues affecting housing consumers in Association Governed, Common Interest Communities. You've inspired me to publish hundreds of …

Convicted! 2 found guilty of HOA election fraud in PA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Don't mess with voter rights in Pennsylvania's private communities. Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin has sent a clear message. If you get caught tampering with ballots for homeowners association (HOA) elections, you will be arrested, indicted, and tried by jury. And with clear evidence, you will be convicted …

Utah, Texas homeowners want out of HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities More and more homeowners are fed up, and want to escape or abolish their HOAs. Here are two reports of detached single family home developments with mandatory Association Governance, one in Utah, the other in Texas. Dammeron Valley, Utah Dammeron Valley Landowners Association (DVLA) has about 429 home, each …

URGENT call to action in CA: Vote NO on AB1799

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California homeowners and consumer advocates - today's post is a call to action. Contact your Assembly member and tell them to vote NO on AB 1799. Industry trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) is at it again. This time they want to give Association Governed Development boards the …

Important Constitutional Challenge in Michigan will impact rights in HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities When considering Constitutional freedoms - or lack thereof - in Association Governed Residential Developments such as Homeowners and Condominium Associations, it's critical to recognize the erosion of democracy in U.S. Government at all levels. Take, for example, the following City Lab report of Michigan's Emergency Manager Law. In Michigan law, …

U.S. and HOA Elections: make every vote count

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Election season is in full swing. The American public is once again paying attention to their voting rights for the upcoming contentious Presidential election. There's a lot of talk about the unfairness of delegate systems used to select political party nominees. In fact, we are hearing the typical old …