Former Lynnhill residents awarded $100K from utility companies for abrupt shutoff

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Nearly a year has passed since State Senator C. Anthony Muse called for an investigation into alleged mismanagement of funds at Lynnhill Condominiums. Last fall, residents were abruptly forced to find alternate housing after Pepco and Washington Gas Light Company shut off utilities to the housing complex. No word from Maryland Attorney General’s (AG) office with regard to condo association mismanagement or misconduct, but the AG did order Pepco Continue ReadingFormer Lynnhill residents awarded $100K from utility companies for abrupt shutoff

Lynnhill – Condo crisis: New calls for investigation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The latest in the saga of Lynnhill Condominiums: a court ordered utilities to be restored after being shut off for 4 days. But that’s just a temporary reprieve, because a $1 million utility lien has not been paid. Now State Senator C. Anthony Muse is calling for the Attorney General to investigate the condo association for possible financial wrongdoing. Muse and condo owners want to know what happened to Continue ReadingLynnhill – Condo crisis: New calls for investigation

Habitat NYC under fire for displacing low income tenants

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated April 8, 2016 @ 8:00 PM Today let’s take a look at how the non-profit Habitat for Humanity in New York City intersects with the Homeowners’ Association industry and affordable housing initiatives. Once again, we see that condominiums and single family HOA tract homes are not created just for affluent households seeking an exclusive lifestyle. Opportunistic real estate developers know how to exploit low-income homeowners and tenants, and Continue ReadingHabitat NYC under fire for displacing low income tenants

A Thanksgiving Reminder

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Normally this blog is about the many, many issues faced by homeowners and other residents of homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations. Today I want to pause and be thankful that I and many of my readers have a safe place to live, a place to call home. Unfortunately, too many people find themselves homeless, or living in unsafe, unsanitary conditions. They are struggling with unemployment, substance abuse, or Continue ReadingA Thanksgiving Reminder