Homeowners learn the shocking truth: HOAs are undemocratic

Property does not have rights People do

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com I’m pleased to see that more and more journalists are starting to investigate the tyranny that reigns in HOA-ville, U.S.A., enabled by state laws that defer to blatantly unfair HOA governing documents. The undemocratic, corporate model of voting in the vast majority of mandatory membership HOAs has been a pet peeve of mine for years, and a hot topic here on IAC since its beginnings in 2015. In Continue ReadingHomeowners learn the shocking truth: HOAs are undemocratic

HOA law in Maryland streamlines deletion of racial, religious discriminatory covenants

50th anniversary fair housing HUD poster

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Rodgers Forge, a deed restricted neighborhood in Towson, Maryland is reportedly the first homeowners association-governed community to delete covenants restricting residency based upon race, religious belief, or national origin. The Towson Times reports that volunteers from the 1,800 home neighborhood spent months searching and identifying 85 recorded covenants with racially restrictive language. The group worked alongside their HOA and their neighbors to strike illegal restrictions under the Fair Housing Continue ReadingHOA law in Maryland streamlines deletion of racial, religious discriminatory covenants

HOA, Condo & Co-op legislation highlights (June 2019, CO, IN, MD, NV, WA )

Law legislative legislature forum

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: Colorado CAM licensure extension vetoed; no mandatory mediation for Indiana HOAs; developer HOA voting rights clarified in Maryland; construction defect law changes in Nevada and Washington; WUCIOA limitations. Colorado CAM Licensure extension bill vetoed by Gov. Polis Since I last updated readers on the status of HB19-1212, the bill pertaining to continuation of licensing requirements for Community Association Managers (CAMs), I have learned that Governor Jared Polis Continue ReadingHOA, Condo & Co-op legislation highlights (June 2019, CO, IN, MD, NV, WA )

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (May 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: An affordable housing bribery scheme; Condo election ballot fraud; one community association manager sentenced and another under investigation for massive fraud and embezzlement involving dozens of condo HOAs. Bribes for affordable co-op apartments (NY) New York District Attorney Eric Gonzalez recently indicted three women in an alleged affordable housing fraud scheme. Two co-op board members of Luna Park and office manager of Metro Management are accused of Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (May 2019)