HOA rules vs. human compassion

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Let’s face it. Most people hate rules, especially picky and petty HOA rules. But a few people love them, and will go out of their way to strictly enforce them, No Matter What. And sometimes — maybe most of the time — it takes a cold-hearted soul without compassion to enforce HOA rules. In the month of September, local news stations aired three examples of the cruel reality Continue ReadingHOA rules vs. human compassion

Like city government, HOAs impose abusive fines and fees

We the people Constitution

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Housing consumer advocates have spent the past several years exposing abusive fines and fees imposed by homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. Unfortunately, most advocacy groups ignore HOA abuse, even though it closely mirrors the behavior of some oppressive local government leaders. Local governments have long had the authority to impose fines for violations of health and safety codes. But recent trends reveal that city and county leaders are enacting Continue ReadingLike city government, HOAs impose abusive fines and fees

Missouri HOA stuck with natural spring flowing in its streets

Rain boots water stream spring

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Homeowners and residents in one Missouri, subdivision Find themselves stuck with a big problem with no easy solution. According to a KMOV report last month, the Country Haven Homeowners’ Association recently discovered that a persistent stream of water running through the neighborhood is not due to a water main leak or bad storm water drainage. Jefferson County officials say the community is built on top of a natural underground Continue ReadingMissouri HOA stuck with natural spring flowing in its streets

Missouri HOA threatens foreclosure over classic pickup truck

HOA extortion definition

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities To Andy Lipka, the worn painted surface of his classic 1965 Ford F250 pickup truck is a desirable “patina.” But to his Chesterfield neighborhood HOA, it’s rusty and unsightly. The HOA wants Lipka to stop parking the truck in his driveway. They say HOA rules don’t allow residents to park vehicles with body damage. And they’re absolutely serious about enforcing the HOA rule. So far, according to a KMOV Continue ReadingMissouri HOA threatens foreclosure over classic pickup truck