HOA, Condo, Co-op Policy and Legal News Briefs (Dec 2016)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of newsworthy happenings in common interest, association-governed housing communities. Legal decisions and case law Failure to Hold Formal Board Votes Dooms Two Charlotte HOAs There are times in the practice of homeowners’ association law when courts make rulings with which we as attorneys disagree but where an underlying principle or best practice is affirmed. A prime example is the N.C. Court of Appeals’ opinion of November 1, 2016 Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op Policy and Legal News Briefs (Dec 2016)

Do homeowners get the HOA board they deserve?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Thomas Jefferson. (n.d.). AZQuotes.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016, from AZQuotes.com Web site: www.azquotes.com/quote/1136694   You’ve probably heard this before: in an HOA, homeowners get the board they deserve. It’s often uttered by HOA industry spokespersons, along with the tired lament about how apathy is destroying Association Governed Housing. If only homeowners would care. If only they’d give a damn, get involved, and vote in elections. Then everything would be Continue ReadingDo homeowners get the HOA board they deserve?

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

Chicago Developers Are Pushing Back Against Affordable Housing Rules

Shared By Deborah Goonan Commentary: Home builders in Illinois have filed suit over a Chicago city ordinance that requires a portion of new residential development to be set aside as Affordable Housing. The city says the ordinance is in the public interest. Developers are calling the requirements of the ordinance unconstitutional.  Does the US Constitution guarantee absolute maximum profit potential for developers or any other business? Or does it allow two parties negotiating over land use Continue ReadingChicago Developers Are Pushing Back Against Affordable Housing Rules