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 General to investigate the condo association for possible financial wrongdoing. Muse and condo owners want to know what happened to Continue ReadingLynnhill – Condo crisis: New calls for investigation

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 “affordable” condominiums is that they often struggle to pay the bills and keep up with basic maintenance and security. After Continue ReadingLynnhill Condominiums in Temple Hills, MD, has long history of distress

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 years of water infiltration, resulting in structural defects to wooden support columns that support the weight of each of the Continue ReadingRiver Towers Condo residents frustrated by lack of information

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 example, your car will be towed (at a cost of $150) for parking on lines that you can barely see. Continue ReadingIs condo association ripping off residents with fees and fines?