FL condo owners fail to disclose sinkhole threat to tenants

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On the heels of the many Buyer Beware stories here on IAC, this one is for tenants. I can't tell you how many times I read these kinds of stories or hear from owners and residents that find out about major health and safety issues in their home only …

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Memphis: Fox Hollow HOA becomes dumping grounds

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Think living in a townhouse homeowners association means you'll have a well maintained neighborhood? Think again. Fox Hollow HOA in Memphis, Tennessee, is so poorly maintained and neglected that a heap of trash and broken down junk welcomes residents and visitors to their community. The City has issued code …

Lynnhill – Condo crisis: New calls for investigation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The latest in the saga of Lynnhill Condominiums: a court ordered utilities to be restored after being shut off for 4 days. But that's just a temporary reprieve, because a $1 million utility lien has not been paid. Now State Senator C. Anthony Muse is calling for the Attorney …

Lynnhill Condominiums in Temple Hills, MD, has long history of distress

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Despite the fact that local newspapers and television stations are reporting on unsafe, unsanitary, and downright horrific living conditions of residents in distressed condominiums, most Americans remain unaware of this growing trend, and its contribution to a national affordable housing crisis. One of the biggest social problems with so-called …

River Towers Condo residents frustrated by lack of information

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As reported on October 2, dozens of residents were evacuated from River Towers Condominium when structural columns suddenly shifted, dropping the entire high-rise building several inches. Fairfax County engineers have since evaluated the structural damage, and deemed affected units unsafe. In fact, all three towers show signs of …

Is condo association ripping off residents with fees and fines?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I knew there had to be more to the story with Mesa Terrace Condominiums, when I blogged about the "block list" policy last week. There's good reason for these residents to complain. They are being hit left and right with fines for unreasonable, and just plain stupid rules. For …

HOA Theft, Fraud, and Embezzlement Roundup (Sept 2016, Part 2)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I decided to split up my HOA corruption "roundup" list this month. Part 1 was published last week. Here's part 2. HOA Problem Solutions Scam surfaces in Jacksonville as well as Tampa Attorney General Pam Bondi is investigating Jimmy and Michael Chauncey and their business operations. The pair convince …

HOA “block lists” newest bully tactic

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Just when I think I've heard every crazy HOA story possible, another one comes along! It's a reminder that out-of-control HOA boards are very creative at finding new ways to control and bully their residents. Have you ever heard of a "block list?" Mesa Terrace Condo Association has issued …

Where can homeowners turn for help with HOA issues?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I get a lot of requests from homeowners and residents seeking help when things go wrong in their homeowners, condominium, or cooperative association. It depends on the issue, but I try to guide readers to limited available resources. The truth is, while the HOA industry is very lucrative for …

Shameful! City suggests that owners create an HOA in an attempt to exclude disabled tenants

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities There aren't enough hours in the day to read, watch, analyze, and report on every print or video report related to Association Governed Housing, especially when you consider how housing policies affect greater society. The following article is just plain sickening. A group of homeowners who live in the …