Don’t count on your HOA to enforce nuisance rules

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do you believe that HOA covenants, restrictions and rules help keep a neighborhood looking neat and tidy, discourage your neighbors from behaving badly, and foster some sense of community? If so, read on. All too often, we hear reports of overly restrictive HOA enforcement of rules. HOAs have been known to fine and sue homeowners over trivial “violations of standards” that range from painting the front door an unapproved Continue ReadingDon’t count on your HOA to enforce nuisance rules

Condo HOA President fines upstairs neighbors because toddler’s pitter patter is too noisy

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What happens when families with young children live in condominium apartments? Quite commonly, children make noise — laughing when happy, crying when upset or hungry, running or jumping in the apartment when excited, perhaps raising their voices in squabbles with siblings. And while a parent can take action to prevent tantrums or inconsiderate behavior, it’s not always possible to keep a child silent and sitting still — at Continue ReadingCondo HOA President fines upstairs neighbors because toddler’s pitter patter is too noisy