2 HOAs deal with Canyon Country landslides (CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 5 homes now yellow-tagged due to landslide About two weeks ago, several Santa Clarita homeowners noticed their back yards began to break apart and slide downhill. Two homes on Terri Drive in American Beauty Classics were yellow-tagged, and several other homeowners in The Trestles were notified of the problem. Then more rain poured into Canyon Country, making the landslide bigger and more dangerous. Three homes in The Trestles — Continue Reading2 HOAs deal with Canyon Country landslides (CA)

Landslide threatens homes in two HOAs in Santa Clarita (CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two homes have been yellow-tagged and several residents in two HOA-governed communities are on high alert, due to an unexplained landslide in Canyon Country, California. Homeowners speculate that recent heavy rainfall may have triggered the earth movement, which began Monday. By Friday, homeowners of two Terri Drive homes were advised to evacuate, pending a geological investigation of structural damage and the cause of the landslide. CBSLA reports that several Continue ReadingLandslide threatens homes in two HOAs in Santa Clarita (CA)

PA Developers appeal N Strabane Twp 2018 Grading Ordinance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a report in the Observer-Reporter, two developers of planned housing developments in Washington County, Pa., have filed appeals to North Strabane Township’s “Amended Grading and Ordinance of 2018.” Last year, the Township updated its ordinance after a slope failure in the Majestic Hills development led to a catastrophic landslide and demolition of three relatively new homes. The incident led several homeowners to file a lawsuit against the Continue ReadingPA Developers appeal N Strabane Twp 2018 Grading Ordinance

Condo HOA not helping owners after balconies collapse (KY)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s good to see that local investigative journalists are covering serious condo and HOA issues, including the dangerous collapse of condo balconies. When I first started this website in 2014, TV news reports focused almost exclusively on disputes over flag displays or paint color. While those are common HOA disputes, they only scratch the surface of dysfunction, waste, and abuse in association-governed communities. Some of the worst HOA disputes Continue ReadingCondo HOA not helping owners after balconies collapse (KY)