This week’s stories from HOAville: (Aug. 4, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This week: Home and condo owners face steep special assessments and challenge their HOA boards; HOA dismantles resident’s memorial to his deceased child; Florida CDD accused of abusing its power. Condo owners object to hefty special assessments for structural balcony repairs (MI) According to some owners interviewed for Channel 13, Village at Grand Landing Condominium Association is threatening to foreclose on residential unit owners who don’t pay another Continue ReadingThis week’s stories from HOAville: (Aug. 4, 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (July 2019)

Case law books court legal appeal

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities, debgoonan@icloud.com This month: court decisions affecting amendment of CC&Rs, HOA priority liens, foreclosure standards, Fair Housing Act accommodations, and much more.    Court approves reduction of percentage membership vote needed for amending CC&Rs (CA) Did you know that sometimes a judge can make it easier for your HOA-governed community to amend its restrictions? The case of Orchard Estate Homes, Inc. v. Orchard Homeowners Alliance is one example. The Owners’ Association Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (July 2019)

No more religious discrimination: Feds to review Bay View’s home sales for 5 years

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Property owners who sued the Bay View Association on charges of religious discrimination in 2017 scored a victory this week.  A Department of Justice mediator hammered out an agreement with the community’s board of trustees, following HUD’s determination in February. As reported in February, HUD found that Bay View’s policy requiring new homeowners to be practicing Christians was a violation of First Amendment religious freedoms and the Fair Housing Continue ReadingNo more religious discrimination: Feds to review Bay View’s home sales for 5 years

HOA, homeowners object to $1M tax district to pay for new road

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sander’s Pond (MI) homeowners recently found out they might have to pay for construction of a $975,000 road, and they’re not happy about it. The developer of Sander’s pond, RBF Construction, has been discussing the addition of a second road leading into Sander’s Pond from Linden Road. Members of the Sander’s Pond Homeowners Association objected to the project at a hearing in Mundy Township earlier this month. As proposed, Continue ReadingHOA, homeowners object to $1M tax district to pay for new road