Development agreement creates extra expense for HOA, future homeowners

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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

Indiana HOA hoped city would enforce overnight parking ban

No parking sign

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

Condo HOA residents tired of getting the (parking) boot

No parking sign

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communties   Every few weeks, we see a report of aggressive enforcement of parking restrictions at association-governed communities. The latest report comes from the Denver metro area. Denver7 local news reports that residents of Lakes at Dune Park (Commerce City) and Columbine Lake (Arapahoe County), have been getting the boot from a towing contractor hired by their condo HOAs. Park It Right works with both associations to enforce parking restrictions Continue ReadingCondo HOA residents tired of getting the (parking) boot

In this Texas HOA, working class residents feel unwelcome

RULE blackboard authority Know the rules

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is another crazy HOA with #StupidRules. According to a report from ABC 13 Eyewitness News, Summerwood HOA in Houston has a rule against parking any work or commercial use vehicles in the driveway of a home. That’s a huge deal for Joey Albritton, a very busy plumber by trade. His work van is too large to fit in the garage, but the HOA won’t allow him to park Continue ReadingIn this Texas HOA, working class residents feel unwelcome