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

Kansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, broken promises

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Kansas City condo owners say that the developer of Park Reserve left them with fire code violations, broken promises, unpaid fees, and a building that’s falling apart. Last month, Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) inspectors discovered problems with the fire protection system — low water pressure in their fire sprinklers and non-working alarms. For the past month, owners have been waiting for developer, Wayne Reeder, to make repairs. Continue ReadingKansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, broken promises

HOA sues homeowner over 6-ft fence around his pool

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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