By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA lawsuits often arise from petty rules. And sometimes HOA rules defy common sense and threaten public safety. That’s the case for Murray Randall from Wentzville, Missouri. Randall lives in Peine Lakes Estates, where he owns a spacious home with a backyard swimming pool, surrounded by a six-foot tall vinyl fence. Peine Lakes HOA requires approval for all exterior improvements, including installation of fences. The problem is, Randall decided Continue ReadingHOA sues homeowner over 6-ft fence around his pool
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Take note residents of Missouri: Just in time for midterm elections, the state has a new law that makes it illegal for your homeowners’ association to ban political signs from your yard. House Bill 1887 was passed by the General Assembly and signed by former Governor Eric Greitens on June 1, 2018. Key facts about Missouri’s new campaign sign law: The good news: Missouri law prohibits total bans on Continue ReadingMissouri HOAs can no longer ban political signs
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of Missouri’s latest bills affecting homes associations, SB 398, has been dubbed by State Senator Gary Romine (R) as the Missouri Homeowners’ Bill of Rights. Ironically, the title of SB 398 serves as a stunning admission by Community Associations Institute (CAI), a trade group that strongly supports the bill, that the common interest development industry has strategically removed, violated, or ignored homeowner rights. As reported in the Kansas Continue ReadingDo Missouri’s latest HOA bills really protect homeowner rights?