Outrageous! Why cities insist on an HOA for new development

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever wonder why all new construction in your city or county is governed by a homeowners’ association? The answer, in two words: double taxation. Most people know that homeowners pay property taxes to support public schools, libraries, local police departments, and maintenance of public infrastructure such as roads. But did you know that, for the past 2 or 3 decades, municipal and county governments actively avoid taking on new pubic Continue ReadingOutrageous! Why cities insist on an HOA for new development

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PA Act 84 legislation regulates homeowners not HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Quietly, and with little fanfare, Pennsylvania Legislature enacted new legislation, PA ACT 84, which becomes effective Dec 2018. The amended laws will regulate homeowners, not their HOAs. On October 19, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf approved HB 1499. The bill is now officially recorded as PA Act 84, amendments to Chapter 68, Real and Personal Property. This post highlights important changes affecting homeowners in common interest communities in Pennsylvania. The following highlighted Continue ReadingPA Act 84 legislation regulates homeowners not HOAs

PA home builders refuse to fix hundreds of homes with wood rot

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For the past year and a half, local media have been reporting on wood rot nightmares for hundreds of homeowners in southeastern Pennsylvania. (See Action News Troubleshooters investigates growing construction crisis) According to reports, new homes were originally purchased from Toll Brothers, the Cutler Group, Pulte, K. Hovnanian, and dozens of other home builders in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Most of the homes were built in the early 2000s, Continue ReadingPA home builders refuse to fix hundreds of homes with wood rot

New PA legislation regulates homeowners not HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Quietly, and with little fanfare, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed several important amendments. New laws regulate homeowners, rather than their homeowners’ associations (HOAs). On October 19, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf approved HB 1499. The bill is now officially recorded as Act 84, amendments to Chapter 68, Real and Personal Property. This post highlights important changes affecting homeowners in common interest communities in Pennsylvania. The following highlighted amendment provisions apply to all types Continue ReadingNew PA legislation regulates homeowners not HOAs