HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – CA, MD, MO, NM)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California In an effort to clearly define First Amendment rights in association-governed communities, SB 407 is making its way through Senate Committees. The bill would make it unlawful for an association-governed community to restrict a member’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly on common property. The … More HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – CA, MD, MO, NM)

HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – AZ, CO, FL, HI)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed HB2411. The bill amends current Statute with regard to open meetings, recording of meetings by members of the association, and secret ballot requirements. An unrelated amendment was also included – section 33-440, which specifies that property owners may make amendments to a previously recorded declaration … More HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – AZ, CO, FL, HI)

Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

Homeowners fed up with what they say is bully behavior   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s report from KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri, highlights a big problem for many association-governed planned communities: developers that control their new home neighborhoods with an iron fist. According to the report, homeowners in Copperfield Home Owners Association … More Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

HOA wins $13.5M in arbitration against DR Horton (CO)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated May 15, 2017 5:33 PM EDT This is a construction and design defect case that boggles the mind. A D.R. Horton subsidiary homebuilder in Colorado constructed a 1200 home subdivision roughly one decade ago. Apparently, the homes were built on land with a high water table, so home … More HOA wins $13.5M in arbitration against DR Horton (CO)

Oregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000

Attorney says case will help many others fighting for disability, civil rights in HOAs By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On Mother’s Day, today’s blog pays tribute to Renee Kuhn, a mother who, with support from her husband, Gary, is a fierce advocate for her daughter, Khrizma, and countless other people with disabilities who choose … More Oregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000

Is AL homeowner stuck with $60K storm sewer repair?

Developer is long gone, County says it is a private drain, and HOA blames tree roots – says it is not their  problem to fix By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Yet another report of storm water drainage headaches in a homeowners association. This one involves a 66 home subdivision – Saddlecreek HOA – … More Is AL homeowner stuck with $60K storm sewer repair?

Florida HOA battle lines drawn over drought ravaged lawns

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Central Florida is in the midst of a historic drought, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel. Conditions are so dry that portions of the St. Johns River have dried up, and wildfires have become a common occurrence. Most of the state’s water is supplied by underground aquifers … More Florida HOA battle lines drawn over drought ravaged lawns

PA owners stuck with road the borough cannot maintain, and there’s no HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Recently I posted a blog entitled Flooding and Erosion common problems faced by HOA planned communities. The topic generated considerable interest and comments on several discussion forums. One reader, an Urban Planning professional and consultant, challenged my assertion that sometimes municipal and county governments end up approving infrastructure that … More PA owners stuck with road the borough cannot maintain, and there’s no HOA

Private communities often come with burdensome costs

HOAs, condo associations pay extra for private infrastructure, amenities By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities About 4 or 5 decades ago, many local governments began approving new development of planned communities and condominiums. Many of these housing developments include private infrastructure and recreational amenities. But most buyers and homeowners do not realize the primary incentive … More Private communities often come with burdensome costs

How could a brutal double murder happen in a high-security, luxury, Boston condo?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED 7:50 PM EDT According to numerous reports, a tragic double murder occurred in an unnamed luxury Boston condominium this weekend. Two well-respected doctors, Richard Field and Lina Bolanos, were found deceased in their penthouse condo. The couple had been tied up, their throats slit allegedly by Bampumim Teixeira of … More How could a brutal double murder happen in a high-security, luxury, Boston condo?