Like city government, HOAs impose abusive fines and fees

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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

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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

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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

Local media, neighbors help homeowners in violation of HOA, City codes

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  By Deborah Goonan,  Independent American Communities More good news this week, and updates on some earlier posts on IAC. The following three updates remind readers that going public about code violations from your City or HOA often leads to solutions.   Condo residents finally have fire safe building, developer replacing fire alarm system (MO) Last month, as reported on three local television stations, condo residents were taking turns on overnight fire watch, while waiting for Continue ReadingLocal media, neighbors help homeowners in violation of HOA, City codes