Condo HOA residents tired of getting the (parking) boot

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communties   Every few weeks, we see a report of aggressive enforcement of parking restrictions at association-governed communities. The latest report comes from the Denver metro area. Denver7 local news reports that residents of Lakes at Dune Park (Commerce City) and Columbine Lake (Arapahoe County), have been getting the boot …

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HOA, condo, co-op litigation and case law highlights (May 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of interesting and important case law from around the U.S. New rulings affecting HOA Collections, foreclosure liens, and rules enforcement in several states across the U.S. MARYLAND’S HIGHEST COURT HOLDS THAT CONDOS MAY NOT BY RULE SUSPEND A UNIT OWNER’S ACCESS TO COMMON ELEMENTS FOR DELINQUENT ASSESSMENTS Posts …

Florida condo HOA, management company must pay $5M to victim of snake bite

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Silver Shores Master Association, Miramar, Florida and KW Property Management recently reached a $5 million settlement agreement with Plaintiff Patricia Young, a former resident of the condominium association in Broward County. According to Local 10 News and other sources linked below, Young was stepping outside to her back …

MO: County will take your private HOA roads off your hands — if they’re not too old and crumbly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Jefferson County, Missouri, is joining the nationwide de-privatization trend. With regard to the utter failure of private homeowners’ associations to adequately maintain infrastructure, Jason Jonas, Public Works Director for the County, “gets it.” Today’s referenced article is a refreshingly frank discussion of reality. HOA boards are generally clueless …

SC law would prevent home builders from suing private citizens for speaking out against new construction

Citizens Participation in Government Act would have created anti-SLAPP statute in SC.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Post and Courier recently published some articles about a lawsuit initiated by home builder Ashton Woods against the town of Mount Pleasant, after several private citizens spoke publicly against a townhouse development. According to …

California towns imitating HOAs, attorneys reap profits

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m seeing a disturbing trend: reports of local government corruption and profiteering. And the strategies being used by town, city, and county elected officials mirror abusive tactics commonly used in association-governed communities. As you read the following article published by Reason magazine, note the parallels to HOA-ville. First, a …

In this Texas HOA, working class residents feel unwelcome

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is another crazy HOA with #StupidRules. According to a report from ABC 13 Eyewitness News, Summerwood HOA in Houston has a rule against parking any work or commercial use vehicles in the driveway of a home. That’s a huge deal for Joey Albritton, a very busy plumber by …

Florida mobile home owners forced to move out

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Living on a low income certainly limits housing choices, especially in South Florida’s pricey Miami metropolitan area. With rents starting at $1,200 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, owning a mobile home in Sunny Gardens Mobile Home park seems like an affordable dream. For less than $50,000, a …

HOA, condo, & co-op golf community updates (May 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   PALM DESERT EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE RESIDENTS FURIOUS OVER CONDO PLANS Vincenzo Marino APRIL 26, 2018 5:30 PM Imagine buying a home on a beautiful golf course. Then a developer comes along, closes the golf course, and plans to build condos there right in front of you. That’s what’s happened in …

Are HOAs actually “a form of local democracy with leaders elected by their neighbors?”

It’s time to debunk one of the most deceptive political statements repeatedly made by the HOA industry’s most influential trade group By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On their Facebook Page, Community Association’s Institute (CAI) prominently posts an infographic entitled “The HOA Fundamentals.” Here's a screen shot, along with the source link: https://www.facebook.com/CAIsocial/photos/a.393580374014337.87323.297394356966273/1750665821639112/?type=3&theater Every single one of these …