NC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last summer, I posted an article about several lake communities struggling to pay to fix dams that are no longer safe or functional. In that article, I cited as an example several North Carolina lake communities. Devonwood-Loch Lomond, Rayconda and the Strickland Bridge Road Homeowners Associations’ and residents’ filed a Federal lawsuit to force the city of Fayetteville to rebuild their lakes’dams, all of which were breached during Hurricane Continue ReadingNC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

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NJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last month, State Superior Court Judge Christine A. Farrington issued her opinion on a 2-year-old legal dispute over Ramapo Mountain Lake (RML) Association’s legal rights to demand dues and place liens on more than 800 of its nearby homes. In short, Farrington ruled that RML is a common interest community (planned real estate development). As such, each property owner is legally obligated to pay annual assessments to maintain its Continue ReadingNJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

NJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last month, State Superior Court Judge Christine A. Farrington issued her opinion on a 2-year-old legal dispute over Ramapo Mountain Lake (RML) Association’s legal rights to demand dues and place liens on more than 800 of its nearby homes. In short, Farrington ruled that RML is a common interest community (planned real estate development). As such, each property owner is legally obligated to pay annual assessments to maintain its Continue ReadingNJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

County works with HOA to dredge lake, improve watershed

Timberlake Campbell County Virginia

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s an example of an HOA working with their County to create a tax district to help pay for a $500,000 lake dredging project. The lake community was forced to lower water levels and eventually drain the lake, following flooding earlier this year. Over time, silt has covered the lakebed, reducing its depth and its capacity to hold water without flowing over the dam. Timberlake homeowners association working to Continue ReadingCounty works with HOA to dredge lake, improve watershed