Your HOA: part corporation, part police state?

Homeowners, residents question excessive power of HOAs. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Regular readers of IAC are familiar with my monthly “Corruption, fraud, & theft Roundup” posts. Today’s post is a Roundup of reports of homeowners association using and abusing their vast police powers in their communities — generally in the absence of due process and Constitutional constraints. These factual accounts provide more proof that association-governed communities are much more than contractual agreements among Continue ReadingYour HOA: part corporation, part police state?

Two keys to ending HOA abuse

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several months ago, inspired by offline discussions about the root causes of dysfunction and abuse in association-governed communities, I published Recipe for HOA abuse: too much power, no accountability here on IAC. At the time, several states were considering numerous legislative proposals aimed at holding homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations more accountable. A few of those efforts produced new laws with some promise for housing consumers. One of the most Continue ReadingTwo keys to ending HOA abuse