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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Does HOA common ownership truly promote community, affordability, and sustainability?

By Deborah Goonan I have several readers who occasionally send me links to various news stories and articles about HOAs. This one caught my eye, because the writer characterizes HOA critics as uncooperative and "unrealistic." He goes onto imply that, to be against common ownership (which he calls "joint ownership"), is the equivalent of rejecting …

On the Commons with Shu and Nancy Hentschel

Shared by Deborah Goonan Radio podcast will be available at http://onthecommons.net (Available as of 2 PM (Eastern Time) Saturday Sept 12, 2015) OTC with Shu and Nancy Hentschel Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing …

Check out this interactive blog about our love affair with green lawns

Posted By Deborah Goonan Thanks to one of my readers, Andrea, who forwarded this great blog, complete with videos and a podcast, produced by 99% Invisible in Oakland, CA. To listen to the podcast - which runs about 15 minutes (18 minutes with credits) - you will need to download a FREE app called SoundCloud. …

How the Color Purple Makes you an Outlaw in Raintree Lake HOA

By Deborah Goonan One of my favorite childhood books was Mr. Pine's Purple House. Some of you might remember this children's classic, where Mr. Pine lives in a long line of plain white houses that all look the same. He longs to make his home stand out from the rest, to express his individuality. He …

HOA Objects to Deliveries from Food Pantry

By Deborah Goonan I could hardly believe my eyes and ears when I read this article and watched the videos in the Bradenton Herald article regarding Carlyn Estates Mobile Home Park in Palmetto, Manatee County, Florida. I honestly had to dry the tears from my eyes. You MUST watch these short videos, particularly the video …

‘Charlie Chairs’ Placed By Neighbors Who Care

guest blog by Nila Ridings North Houston Texas has a street named Azalea Lane. This street not only has a beautiful name, but it is lined with houses filled with beautiful people. They understand what being a good neighbor is all about and Charlie their neighbor with leukemia and his wife are the recipients of …