HOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Aug. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This month: several reports of former HOA employees and treasurers charged and/or convicted in various theft, fraud, and embezzlement schemes. The FBI raids the home of local politician and CEO of a neighborhood association. Shootout erupts as homeowners fight against illegitimate HOA. Former HOA manager, maintenance worker arrested on theft charges Joseph Maselli, a former maintenance worker at 3360 Condominium Association in Palm Beach, Florida, admitted to double-billing Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Aug. 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (July 2019)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (debgoonan@icloud.com) This month: Nevada Real Estate Division suspends licenses of two HOA managers. Two former HOA treasurers, from communities in two different states, stand accused of embezzling money from their neighbors. In another case, the HOA treasurer allowed her son to “help” with bookkeeping, leading to unauthorized access of association’s money. CIC Commission revokes licenses of two HOA managers for fraudulent activity (NV) Thanks to Jenn W. For alerting Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (July 2019)

My View: HOA-industry makes housing less affordable

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In case you haven’t noticed, in just about every city and town in the U.S., housing costs are going through the roof. (Pun intended) Here in my home state of Pennsylvania, I’m starting to see reports of piecemeal government programs designed to increase the supply of affordable housing. For example, WBRE reports that four Monroe County organizations have received $300,000 in state grants to tackle the problem. Pocono Mountains Continue ReadingMy View: HOA-industry makes housing less affordable

3 HOAs need help managing their stormwater ponds

Suburban pond lake sidewalk storm water woes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s been 15 – 20 years since the construction boom of the early 21st century. And now that thousands of planned communities are reaching maturity, it’s time for homeowners associations to dredge retention ponds, clean out stormwater detention basins, and unclog drain pipes. Homeowners and residents complain about unattractive, foul-smelling, stormwater ponds, some of which periodically overflow and flood nearby property. But many HOA boards are discovering that stormwater Continue Reading3 HOAs need help managing their stormwater ponds