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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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 …

WA homeowner wonders: How does a single $300 late payment turn into $8,000 in HOA late fees and attorney fees?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Collection of past due assessments or monetary penalties (fines) imposed by  homeowners,' condominium, or cooperative associations is way out of control. This is a common complaint I hear from owners of property in association-governed communities all over the U.S. A single missed or late payment of assessments, or …

Creekside Homeowners Association owes developers $422,789

But the years’ long battle over redevelopment of Creekside Golf Club is not over yet   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Hundreds of golf courses across the U.S. are struggling to remain profitable, a market trend that has been widely reported for several years. A combination of factors have led to golf’s decline. …

FL Developer ordered to turn over control of HOA to homeowners

Benderson Development Company has controlled Kings Gate HOA for nearly 20 years.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) recently ruled that the developer of Kings Gate subdivision, Victoria Estates Ltd. (Declarant), must hand off control of the homeowners' association to members. Victoria Estates Limited is …

Denver’s affordable housing debacle

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The following Denver Post article highlights everything that is wrong with the concept of "affordable housing" built by private developers, and then offered for sale with price controls and income restrictions on home buyers. Here's how the system works. The City of Denver makes a deal with some …

Arizona HOA, condo, co-op legislative updates (April 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Arizona Legislature just took three steps forward toward protecting the rights of homeowners and shareholders in association-governed communities. Governor Doug Ducey has signed all three of the following bills, which are now law in Arizona.   HB-2262: Condominium Termination Compensation In Arizona, the condominium association termination trend …

California HOA, condo, co-op legislative updates (Elections – April 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   California Courts regard common interest communities as quasi-governmental entities. And, in many cases, boards of association-governed communities have greater power than elected officials of local government. For example, boards of association-governed common interest communities tend to have broad authority to decide how to best manage the corporate association, including …

Investigative journalists confirm abusive nature of HOAs, common interest communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American communities   Nearly eight years ago, when my husband and I purchased and moved into a nearly-new home in a master planned community, we had only a vague understanding of what it means to own and reside in an association-governed common interest community. Like most first-time residents of homeowners, condominium, …

Ramapo Mountain Lakes asks court to compel assessments from all homeowners, following NJ statute amendment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last August, IAC introduced readers to a complex New Jersey legal dispute involving property owners near Crystal and Mirror Lakes. Since the 1950s, both lakes and related recreational facilities have been maintained by Ramapo Mountain Lakes (RML), Inc. According to legal records, the community was developed in the 1940s as …