Reader’s Choice 2017: When you buy into a gated HOA community, you pay for private roads

It’s that time of the year. For the rest of the year, I’ll be reposting the 10 most read articles here on IAC. Thanks for following, reading, and sharing. Special thanks to readers who have provided inspiration for blog topics, and for those who have been willing to share their personal HOA stories. Public awareness …

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(CA) What was motive for Aladdin Drive condo murder-suicide?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Multiple news sources report a tragic murder-suicide at an upscale condominium complex on Aladdin Drive near Huntington Harbor Bay Club (CA). Several residents in the community say the man and woman involved in the incident have had an ongoing neighbor feud, perhaps over landscape preferences, according to one …

When is a flood zone not a flood zone? Riverstone owners sue HOA developer

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts continue in southeastern Texas. Now that waters have receded, clean up and damage assessment is well underway. Homeowners and residents wonder what went wrong. Yesterday, I wrote about widespread flooding in Cinco Ranch, which caused failure of a sewage treatment plant. Today's report from KTRK …

CA SB 407 would uphold First Amendment rights for HOA residents

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A frequent complaint of homeowners and residents of Association-Governed common interest communities is that the board restricts access to community gathering areas, while, at the same time, controlling the content of all official communication venues. For instance, what if a group of homeowners has a difference of opinion about …

West Virginia HOA seeks annexation to City

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The industry that builds, sells, and services association-governed common interest communities is fond of stating that these communities are an "institution" that is "here to stay." And, in fact, the industry, and many local governments, have intentionally set the HOA trap for decades, with complicated statutes and land …

Tell your Mayor and Planning Commission – stop force feeding HOAs

Home buyers: Don't want to pay HOA fees on top of property taxes? Not interested in private community amenities and the rules that come along with them? Prefer to choose your own contractor to provide landscape and exterior maintenance? Ask your Realtor to show you single family homes with no HOA. By Deborah Goonan, Independent …

Creating HOA-Condo-Co-op Accountability

When good people get involved in the political process, they create positive change. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., housing activists and consumer advocates are working with state lawmakers to hold their community leaders - association boards and managers - accountable. Here are some examples: California AB-690 would prevent fee gouging and …

Will state bills finally bring accountability to Association-Governed communities?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Both Florida and Pennsylvania Legislatures are considering  bills to create accountability for association-governed communities. But the type of legislation differs vastly. Florida In Florida, the legislation under consideration will apply only to condominium and cooperative associations, but not to planned communities of single family homes. SB 1682 and companion …

The Great HOA Divide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every day I read dozens of reports of conflict and division in association-governed, common interest communities. None of it surprises me anymore. The pattern of behavior and the nature of these fights is disturbingly predictable. Some experts in the industry blame frequent conflict on a few selfish people, those …

What can be done about HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After listening to residents, and reading and learning about issues affecting association-governed common interest communities for more than five years, as well as writing about them for almost three years, something very important is happening. Finally, people are starting to discuss possible solutions to problems and alternative housing models. …