HOA’s “lousy” roads are doubly taxing (MS)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Road maintenance – or lack of it – is becoming a common headache for homeowners, especially in Association Governed Communities such as HOAs. Today’s report comes from a very small homeowners association in Mississippi. Oak Hill Estates has only 20 homes situated on two roads, Hill Drive and Corner Stone Lane. And those roads are in “lousy” shape, according to residents. The HOA President and others recently attended Continue ReadingHOA’s “lousy” roads are doubly taxing (MS)

Tampa CDD condo owners left paying debts of convicted developer

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     The vast majority of home buyers and homeowners have very little understanding of Special Tax Districts, particularly the kind that are set up for residential housing. They go by several different names, but in Florida, these are called Community Development Districts (CDDs). A CDD is not a city or town. And it’s not a homeowners association either. In fact most homes in a CDD are also governed Continue ReadingTampa CDD condo owners left paying debts of convicted developer

IL condo association threatens fines for distributing board election letters

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For a few months now, I’ve been following a developing story involving The State Parkway Condo Association in Chicago. According to Loop North News, Michael Novak is a CPA with an MBA in finance. Novak became concerned when State Parkway announced an assessment increase of 12% this year, following a 7% increase last year. He made several written requests to view tax returns and other management and financial statements Continue ReadingIL condo association threatens fines for distributing board election letters

Are Townships, Townhouse Associations, discriminating against the disabled?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Where should adults with disabilities live? What if those adults require round-the-clock assistance for daily living? And what if there are no family members able to provide supervision and care? That’s the purpose of organizations such as Heart to Heart LLC and Orion Care Services LLC: to provide in-home supervision and care for adults with disabilities. Because caregivers are compensated for their time, and are not related to the adults in Continue ReadingAre Townships, Townhouse Associations, discriminating against the disabled?