Florida HOA, condo insurance scams, fraud in the news

Scam fraud alert signs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two recent reports highlight insurance scams and fraud in Florida. Condo owner waits more than eight months for repairs after bathroom flood WFTS recently assisted Bill Honan, a frustrated condo owner in Tampa. A bathroom plumbing failure flooded his condo last fall. Restoration contractor, Synergy Contracting Group ripped out wet flooring and drywall, and began the process of drying out his home. Synergy’s representative also insisted that Honan fill Continue ReadingFlorida HOA, condo insurance scams, fraud in the news

Why aren’t Austin condos rebuilt yet, 2 years after fire?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Every month I read several reports about fires in condominiums. Unfortunately, they are fairly common. Damage from a fire can range from mildly disruptive to devastating, and some fires lead to serious injuries or fatalities. After the immediate crisis subsides, however, the process of repairing and rebuilding a multifamily condominium building tends to be long and drawn out. If owners are lucky, they will be able to return Continue ReadingWhy aren’t Austin condos rebuilt yet, 2 years after fire?

A year after fire, Austin condo owners still can’t go home

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few days ago, I warned condo buyers about the risk of being forced to sell their home, even though they’d lose money on the deal. Today I warn condo owners and buyers of another fairly common risk: being displaced from your condo after a fire, but still being obligated to pay your mortgage and condo fees while waiting for your home to be rebuilt. Dry Creek West Condominiums, Continue ReadingA year after fire, Austin condo owners still can’t go home

Disappointing HOA rebuild following gas explosion (NJ)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What if several homes in your Association-Governed townhouse community were destroyed by an accidental explosion or fire? Who would pay for the damages? How long would it take to rebuild? And most importantly, would your home be made good as new again? Two years ago in South Fork HOA of Ewing, New Jersey, dozens of homes were damaged by a fatal gas explosion. One woman died from her injuries, Continue ReadingDisappointing HOA rebuild following gas explosion (NJ)