HOA trends: erosion of support for storm water management

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I read several reports each week involving flooding, sinkholes, and soil subsidence caused by inadequate or failing storm water management systems. And every time I post one of these reports on social media, or feature the topic on my blog, I receive several private messages from homeowners with similar complaints across the U.S. Several decades ago, as common interest communities were in the planning stages, local governments decided it Continue ReadingHOA trends: erosion of support for storm water management

State legislators want to prevent multi-million dollar HOA, condo construction defect verdicts

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I love it when I get the opportunity to present two different HOA reports side by side. It illustrates the level of controversy in the industry, and provides the reader with perspective. One hot issue is how to deal with shoddy construction of homes, particularly in condominium and townhouse communities with mandatory owners associations. Construction defects pose serious problems for any HOA or condo community where members share Continue ReadingState legislators want to prevent multi-million dollar HOA, condo construction defect verdicts

AZ HOA bills address foreclosure, voting, conflicts of interest and more

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Legislative season is in full gear across the U.S. And while some state advocate groups are proposing omnibus bills – bills that address multiple amendments to current HOA, condo or cooperative association statute – one Arizona homeowner advocacy group is taking a different approach. Arizona Homeowners Coalition is working with state Legislators to amend or sponsor up to 16 different bills, each one addressing a specific issue or problem. Continue ReadingAZ HOA bills address foreclosure, voting, conflicts of interest and more

City and Developers make deal to double tax homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Have you ever wondered why local governments are so enthusiastic about approving construction contracts for common interest communities with HOAs? It comes down to one thing. The money. Specifically, property tax revenue. And in many cases, local governments double dip into the tax revenue abyss. One case in point: Boerum Hill townhouses on State Street, one of Brooklyn’s most posh neighborhoods. The New York Post recently reported that Continue ReadingCity and Developers make deal to double tax homeowners