Clive, Iowa, man fears erosion along Walnut Creek

City refuses to help, and Hickory Hills Lake HOA not responding to homeowner concerns By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ralph Amodeo, a homeowner in Clive, Iowa, has a big problem that he didn’t cause and cannot fix. His Hickory Hills Lake home sits uphill from Walnut Creek, which runs through the city. In recent years, erosion from heavy rains has led to erosion along the creek, washing away portions of his back yard. Slowly but Continue ReadingClive, Iowa, man fears erosion along Walnut Creek

High profile property rights case highlights impact of restrictions on HOA membership

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Feb. 12, 2018 Homeowners’ Associations have become so common, that they now exist in every state and for various purposes. Media reports, often driven by the real estate industry, tend to portray HOAs as large master planned communities with resort-style recreational amenities, or private residential neighborhood havens, some with maintenance provided by the association. But many HOAs are small communities that have no recreational amenities and no need Continue ReadingHigh profile property rights case highlights impact of restrictions on HOA membership

Group of Iowa citizens working on HOA legislation for 2017

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Iowa homeowner Judy Shepard has been meeting monthly with a group of concerned citizens to work on homeowners association (HOA) legislation. The name of the group is Association Representatives Meeting to Share (ARMS). If you are interested in attending a meeting, you can send an email to judys298@aol.com. The group plans to model several provision of the Kansas Uniform Common Interest Owners Bill of Rights (KUCIOBORA), such as requirements for Continue ReadingGroup of Iowa citizens working on HOA legislation for 2017