Marina owner’s lawsuit against HOA disputes access to community pool

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Did you know that condominium associations are not just for apartment-style homes and townhouses? The condominium governance structure is also used for non-residential property such as storage units, garages, and boat slips in a marina. For example, Half Moon Bay in Croton-on-Hudson (NY) is a common interest community with an HOA that represents 3 residential condominium associations and one “dockominium” — a condo association for owners of boat Continue ReadingMarina owner’s lawsuit against HOA disputes access to community pool

Three factors that create perceived “need” for association-governed housing

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever wonder why most new construction and redevelopment in the past 20-30 years is part of a common interest community with a mandatory membership homeowners or condominium association? Contrary to real estate industry pubic relations efforts, the institutionalization of private governance of communities — both residential and mixed-use — is not primarily a result of widespread public demand for a shared property ownership lifestyle. Instead, stakeholders of the multibillion Continue ReadingThree factors that create perceived “need” for association-governed housing

SF Shipyard residents concerned that toxic soil may lurk beneath their condos

Class action lawsuit filed against Tetra Tech, for falsifying records during environmental clean up assignment Plaintiffs claim asthma, cancer, and other serious health issues due to long-term exposure Current residents demand retesting for radioactive toxins By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How far would real estate developers, some city officials, and the U.S. Navy go to cover up what has been called the biggest case of ‘eco-fraud’ in the U.S.? That question is at the Continue ReadingSF Shipyard residents concerned that toxic soil may lurk beneath their condos

MI Lawsuit between bar owner and condo unit owners ramps up

Bar owner must pay special assessment for own litigation defense.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Home buyers are bombarded with all sorts of slick advertising, designed to get them to fall in love with new homes, including condos, in planned developments. For the past two decades, developers and architects have been heavily promoting “new urbanism” and mixed-use association-governed communities that combine housing units and commercial business spaces. Usually that translates into condo units Continue ReadingMI Lawsuit between bar owner and condo unit owners ramps up