Kansas homeowners deal with defunct HOA and foul smelling ponds

Retention-pond

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities With technical assistance from city officials, homeowners in one Wichita subdivision will share costs to be rid of a foul smell from neighborhood ponds. As reported on KAKE, the unpleasant odor is caused by a combination of stagnant water, organic debris, lawn fertilizer run off, and dying algae blooms. The Dell was developed in the 1950s, and, at one time, had a homeowners association to adjust pond levels and Continue ReadingKansas homeowners deal with defunct HOA and foul smelling ponds

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Homeowners fight over money: $6K HOA special assessment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here we go again, with yet another HOA fight over money . The HOA board for Lincolnshire, a subdivision in Mission, Kansas, recently proposed a $6,000 special assessment to repair roofs, gutters, and chimney caps on its 33 townhouses. But under protest of homeowners, that proposal was rejected by the board last Thursday. According to the details, published in the Kansas City Star, homeowners disapprove of current board president Ellen Hoerle, Continue ReadingHomeowners fight over money: $6K HOA special assessment

Kansas HOA Consumer Protection bill hits brick wall in the House

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE to a previous post on Kansas HB 2629. Once again, a housing consumer protection bill is defeated following minimal discussion. As usual, opponents of the bill use the same old, tired excuse, as quoted in the Kansas City Star: “I’ve served on one; my wife is serving on one right now,” said Rep. Tom Phillips, R-Manhattan. “If we have the threat of a $500 fee against individuals Continue ReadingKansas HOA Consumer Protection bill hits brick wall in the House

Kansas bill proposes Consumer Protection for HOA homeowners

Sponsor says HB 2629 would rein in HOA abuse, but management, legal professionals oppose consumer protection regulation By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated March 22, 2018 8:15PM As reported by Judy L. Thomas of Kansas City Star, homeowner Scott Wircenske had grave concerns about the management of his homeowners’ association. In 2009, Parkhill Manor HOA decided to award a management contract to one if its newest board members. It’s a common complaint across the Continue ReadingKansas bill proposes Consumer Protection for HOA homeowners