Florida mobile home owners forced to move out

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Living on a low income certainly limits housing choices, especially in South Florida’s pricey Miami metropolitan area. With rents starting at $1,200 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, owning a mobile home in Sunny Gardens Mobile Home park seems like an affordable dream. For less than $50,000, a …

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Are HOAs actually “a form of local democracy with leaders elected by their neighbors?”

It’s time to debunk one of the most deceptive political statements repeatedly made by the HOA industry’s most influential trade group By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On their Facebook Page, Community Association’s Institute (CAI) prominently posts an infographic entitled “The HOA Fundamentals.” Here's a screen shot, along with the source link: https://www.facebook.com/CAIsocial/photos/a.393580374014337.87323.297394356966273/1750665821639112/?type=3&theater Every single one of these …

Creekside Homeowners Association owes developers $422,789

But the years’ long battle over redevelopment of Creekside Golf Club is not over yet   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Hundreds of golf courses across the U.S. are struggling to remain profitable, a market trend that has been widely reported for several years. A combination of factors have led to golf’s decline. …

Ramapo Mountain Lakes asks court to compel assessments from all homeowners, following NJ statute amendment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last August, IAC introduced readers to a complex New Jersey legal dispute involving property owners near Crystal and Mirror Lakes. Since the 1950s, both lakes and related recreational facilities have been maintained by Ramapo Mountain Lakes (RML), Inc. According to legal records, the community was developed in the 1940s as …

NV Homeowners call Neighborhood Improvement District a “backhanded” HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In response to reader concerns and curiosity about various special tax districts, IAC will be exploring the pros and cons of public or quasi-public funding and taxing entities. I don’t know why local governments are getting involved in the business of neighborhood beautification. In my opinion, neighborhood beautification is …

From Chicago to Charlotte, condo owners attempt to cash in on their own terms

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In cities across the U.S., the real estate market is hot, and land is scarce. Developers are on the lookout for investment opportunities. Some have their eye on older, low-rise condominium buildings and developments located on prime parcels of land. The goal — gain control of the association, …

Delaware townhouse developer turns HOA into a rental community, homeowners sue

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post is a real life example of how opportunistic developers use association governance to serve their own profit motives, without any regard to the expectations of homeowners. Some of my readers write to me saying that developers cannot wait to hand over control of the association to …

Illinois condominium, homeowners association legislative updates (March 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Several 2018 Illinois bills, and angst over homeowner protections enacted in 2017, are stirring up controversy in Chicago and statewide. HB 5126 / SB3165 Last year, state law (Public Act 100-0292) was amended to provide condo unit owner access to contact information of co-owners, including names, addresses, phone numbers, …

The undisclosed, very risky HOA – Housing consumer partnership

How privatization of community development wastes your money and compromises your rights By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This week, I read two fascinating and informative articles that, combined, help to explain, in a nutshell, the fundamental reason why buying into property located in association—governed, common interest communities is becoming one of the most …

(OH) City of Whitehall seeks eminent domain, offers to purchase Woodcliff Condos for $9M

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE: Whitehall City Council votes to move forward with condo purchase Meghan Matthews, 10TV.com PUBLISHED: 05/15/18 09:13 PM EDT UPDATED: 05/16/18 05:37 AM EDT WHITEHALL, Ohio A decade-old battle over property in Whitehall came to an end Tuesday night as City Council moved forward to buy it. Council …