By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com In spite of recent state Supreme Court decisions in their favor, homeowners and residents in HOA-governed communities face an uphill battle for their Constitutional rights. That battle has been brewing since the 1970s. At that time, federal housing agencies threw their financial support behind deed-restricted common interest communities (commonly known as homeowners associations). But the fight for community association residents’ rights became more fierce over the years. Continue ReadingAttorneys say HOAs entitled to undermine Constitutional rights
Residents push back when HOA goes overboard with proposed new parking restrictions By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week homeowners turned out in droves for a board meeting in the Eastlake Trails and Eastlake Woods neighborhoods. Consisting of hundreds of homes, both Chula Vista HOA-governed communities deal with a common problem in densely packed residential neighborhoods. Parking. So many cars. So little space to keep them. True, most homes in Eastlake III community association Continue ReadingShould your HOA have the right to inspect your garage?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s featured article highlights problems that occur when local governments engage in poorly thought out contracts with real estate developers, commonly known as developement agreements. Homeowners in McCormick Creek recently learned that they could be legally obligated — via their homeowners’ association — to pay for maintenance of a new public parking lot, even though residents of the community won’t benefit from the added parking. According to the News Continue ReadingDevelopment agreement creates extra expense for HOA, future homeowners
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The board of Tuscany Village homeowners’ association recently asked the City of Greenwood to create a new parking Ordinance, just for the association-governed community. According to Fox59 News, the HOA board sent a letter to City Council, asking for new signs for their neighborhood, stating “No Overnight Street Parking 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM.” In the letter, the board lists its many reasons for the request, which include everything from Continue ReadingIndiana HOA hoped city would enforce overnight parking ban