HOA planned communities built on unstable ground – literally

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of the more disturbing trends in new home construction is the use of unsuitable building sites. Over the past few years, I have read an increasing number of reports of owners that had to walk away from their homes because of unsafe conditions caused by movement of earth … More HOA planned communities built on unstable ground – literally

Will state bills finally bring accountability to Association-Governed communities?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Both Florida and Pennsylvania Legislatures are considering  bills to create accountability for association-governed communities. But the type of legislation differs vastly. Florida In Florida, the legislation under consideration will apply only to condominium and cooperative associations, but not to planned communities of single family homes. SB 1682 and companion … More Will state bills finally bring accountability to Association-Governed communities?

Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities George Staropoli published a fascinating and important blog this week, entitled We don’t want no stinkin’ government protection for HOA members. It is well worth reading and commenting. You can do so here: https://pvtgov.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/we-dont-want-no-stinkin-government-protection-for-hoa-members/ In his blog, regarding a recent newsletter from a California HOA attorney, Staropoli ponders: This … More Does HUD’s new harassment rule make HOAs, condos, co-ops state actors?

Attorneys for mortgage lenders explain how HOAs exploit the system

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners of property in association-governed communities should read the following article, and others like it, even though the intended audience is mortgage lenders. Why? Because savvy consumers should understand the Big Picture, and how all parties in a dispute over your property are affected. The following article covers the … More Attorneys for mortgage lenders explain how HOAs exploit the system

The Great HOA Divide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every day I read dozens of reports of conflict and division in association-governed, common interest communities. None of it surprises me anymore. The pattern of behavior and the nature of these fights is disturbingly predictable. Some experts in the industry blame frequent conflict on a few selfish people, those … More The Great HOA Divide

Builders deny construction defects, blame Daybreak HOA for improper maintenance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few weeks ago, I featured a news report from Daybreak HOA, South Jordan, Utah, where homeowners of relatively new homes face a huge special assessment needed for extensive repairs. (See Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes) Well, since the HOA has filed a … More Builders deny construction defects, blame Daybreak HOA for improper maintenance

What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After listening to residents, and reading and learning about issues affecting association-governed common interest communities for more than five years, as well as writing about them for almost three years, something very important is happening. Finally, people are starting to discuss possible solutions to problems and alternative housing models. … More What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

Is there any good reason to keep HOAs? Here are some people who want out.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Despite the industry’s claims that most people are happy with their HOAs, there are more and more reports of people who are very dissatisfied. This website is chock full of examples of unhappy homeowners and residents, and association-governed communities in a perpetual state of conflict or chaos. Some are … More Is there any good reason to keep HOAs? Here are some people who want out.

In search of equality: are HOAs businesses or not?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA Industry’s point of view is inconsistent, in light of its legislative quest for equal access to FEMA disaster relief. Once again, the industry is exposing its tendency to promote a double standard with regard to homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations. Community Associations Institute (CAI) is notorious for being … More In search of equality: are HOAs businesses or not?

Vermont HOA residents, owners evicted from leased land

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners associations vary considerably in many ways, including size of membership, the type of residential dwellings, and the nature of shared obligations. Although most modern HOAs have been created by developers, prior to construction of new homes, some HOAs are created under different circumstances. Malletts Bay HOA, located in … More Vermont HOA residents, owners evicted from leased land