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 of crimes of conspiracy, identity theft, and more. The case of Wild Acres, Dingmans Ferry, PA – in the heart Continue ReadingConvicted! 2 found guilty of HOA election fraud in PA

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 on 0.5 – 5 acres, depending on the subdivision. The Meadows and Ranches subdivisions are where the first 71 lots Continue ReadingUtah, Texas homeowners want out of HOA

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 power to take away your right to vote in homeowners, condominium, and other planned community associations – also known as Continue ReadingURGENT call to action in CA: Vote NO on AB1799

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, if the state determines a municipality to be under financial distress, it can appoint an Emergency Manager to take over Continue ReadingImportant Constitutional Challenge in Michigan will impact rights in HOAs