Homeowners blame Elf on the Shelf for HOA violation

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today, for a change, I’m sharing a lighthearted HOA story. It’s a story of homeowners using the power of humor to “fight” against HOA restrictions. You see, Somersett Owners Association, located in northwest Nevada, is having its second annual holiday decoration competition. And this year, homeowner Dan Rowan decided to decorate a roundabout on the cul-de-sac of his street. Decor includes some inflatable figures, a large lighted sign that reads Continue ReadingHomeowners blame Elf on the Shelf for HOA violation

PA condo HOA objects to ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ signs

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Are proponents of housing consumer rights making progress on behalf of owners and residents of association-governed, common interest communities? Though some readers may disagree, I do believe things are slowly moving in the right direction. In terms of spreading awareness, and prompting media critiques of governance in “private” communities, 2017 has been a turning point, from my observation. The discussion of HOA business and political issues has evolved Continue ReadingPA condo HOA objects to ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ signs

The war on Christmas, holiday decorating continues for apartment, condo HOA dwellers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I can remember the neighborhood of my childhood at Christmastime. Almost every house on my block was decorated with colored lights, wreaths, candles in the windows, light-up Santa and snowman figures, and Nativity scenes. Neighbors who celebrated Hanukkah would place a Menorah in one of their windows, and maybe some blue lights outside. The display was especially magical at night, and I can recall taking evening walks, and Continue ReadingThe war on Christmas, holiday decorating continues for apartment, condo HOA dwellers