HOA members have unequal access to justice

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I have several colleagues that work in the legal sector, with expertise in real estate and Association-Governed Community issues. One of those contacts is Donie Vanitzian, a certified Mediator and columnist for the LA Times. Recently, she wrote an excellent column that clearly explains why attorneys do not work “on contingency” for homeowners (or titleholders, a term Vanitzian prefers) of property in a homeowners, condominium, or cooperative association.  I am Continue ReadingHOA members have unequal access to justice

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FL condo managers get 5 years probation for conspiracy, theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Twice in one week, two different states, both involving significant Association-Governed Community theft by admitted criminals. Yesterday I wrote about Loretta Lock, Realtor/Broker and former HOA treasurer of Charleston Harbor Homes Association in Kansas City, MO, admitted to stealing more than $100,000 from her neighbors. But, instead of time in jail, Lock was sentenced to 2 years probation with restitution. Well, today’s report is even more outrageous. In Continue ReadingFL condo managers get 5 years probation for conspiracy, theft

Respect for HOA, condo association managers?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (IAC) In March, Community Associations Institute (CAI), a trade group for managers, attorneys, and other professionals servicing Association Governed Housing developments, published four white paper reports on the future of the industry. I’ve already reviewed several of these reports (see below for links, in case you missed them). This week, I’ll comment on the Community Management Report. No respect? The overall impression is that, according to the CAI panel, Continue ReadingRespect for HOA, condo association managers?

Memorial Day HOA dispute over sign

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Memorial Day is all about honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our American freedoms. So Jane Buck, 12-year resident of Cascades at Azalea Lakes decorated her front yard with some small flags and a sign that reads “God Bless America.” But this year the condo association’s board decided to cite Buck for having an unauthorized sign. They say that signs can only be displayed from inside the window of Continue ReadingMemorial Day HOA dispute over sign