Your HOA can’t save you from a horrible neighbor

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m amazed by the number of people who believe that an HOA “protects” homeowners from a horrible neighbor by enforcing rules that uphold property values. The research on HOAs and property values is quite thin, and simply doesn’t support the HOA industry’s lofty claims. The truth is many HOAs are poorly managed. It’s quite common for association-governed communities to experience power struggles that make it difficult to arrive at a Continue ReadingYour HOA can’t save you from a horrible neighbor

Rene Boucher, Rand Paul, and Rivergreen HOA entangled in litigation

HOA conflict fight

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Just when you thought you’d heard the last of the neighborhood dispute between Senator Rand Paul and his neighbor, the one that culminated in a criminal assault prosecution and conviction of Rene Boucher… The dispute continues in civil court. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Paul sued Boucher last week, seeking compensatory and punitive damages and an injunction preventing Boucher from making contact with anyone in the Continue ReadingRene Boucher, Rand Paul, and Rivergreen HOA entangled in litigation

HUD rule would expect Homeowner Associations to end discrimination

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is big news, even though you probably haven’t heard much about it. But it’s creating a buzz among community association attorneys.   Proposed HUD Rule Would Make Associations Guardians of Civil Rights (emphasis added)   …in October 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development promulgated proposed rules and regulations that have the potential to significantly expand associations’ involvement in some matters involving disputes among members. The Continue ReadingHUD rule would expect Homeowner Associations to end discrimination

Homeowner stages HOA protest, wants authentic community

Shared by Deborah Goonan This is an update on the story of homeowner Nancy Hentschel, who resides in New Territory HOA in Texas. According to the report, the dinosaur sculptures are now migrating from house to house, and it’s all for a good cause!  HOA, homeowner at odds over dinosaur display By S. Barot For The Star Taking a walk in New Territory is like being in Jurassic Park these days – there’s a hunt Continue ReadingHomeowner stages HOA protest, wants authentic community