Homeowners, residents cope with dysfunctional, abusive HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 90-year-old woman stuck with flooded basement, no A/C for over two months Ameera David 5:59 PM, Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM, Aug 15, 2018 ST. CLAIR SHORES (WXYZ) - A basement in shambles is what 90-year-old Lillian Arnone has to look at every day. The St. Claire Shores homeowner …

MI: Bay View Association members vote to revoke rule requiring owners to be Christians

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Good news! It appears that a federal lawsuit against Bay View Association, filed by current homeowners and potential home buyers, has generated enough public pressure to convince the association’s membership to vote to eliminate the requirement that all homeowners must be practicing Christians, actively affiliated with a church. …

Federal Housing Authority confirms investigation of Michigan HOA for religious discrimination

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A federal lawsuit has prompted an investigation of Bay View Association, a seasonal community in Michigan, whose board recently enacted a policy requiring all of its property owners to be practicing Christians, affiliated with a church. See this AP news release: Feds investigate Michigan resort community that requires …

Religious Freedom, HOA Civil Rights victory for homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Good news for homeowners in Solera at Kern Canyon, a Bakersfield, CA, del Webb community designed for senior residents. A group of residents, previously denied access to the community club house for bible study and Sunday worship meetings, recently settled their civil rights litigation in mediation. According to a …

$7.5 M HOA lawsuit in NY claims religious discrimination, Fair Housing violations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Another fair housing lawsuit filed in New York adds to a growing list of religious discrimination complaints filed by homeowners and residents against their association-governed community (HOA). A report published by Westfair Communications notes that 11 Orthodox Jews, from 15 Hasidic families that currently reside in Highland Lake …

More national coverage of HOA abuse: Glenn Beck on religious freedom in Dallas HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of my listeners alerted me to a Glenn Beck Radio segment on a story of religious discrimination that I wrote about in 2015, in a guest blog on Ward Lucas’ Neighbors at War blog. In case you missed it... A small Orthodox Jewish Congregation in a Dallas neighborhood, …

Hindu resident files religious discrimination lawsuit against Philadelphia condo association

A Hindu symbol is at the heart of a Fair Housing lawsuit, continuing the latest trend of religious rights lawsuits involving HOAs and condominium associations By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesAkhil Tripathi explains to local and national news media that religious discrimination is happening at his 42-story luxury condo tower, located in one of the …

Offensive HOA rules against American flag, religious statue, and bluebonnet flowers

RULE blackboard authority Know the rules

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Updated: April 5, 2018 The real estate industry sells housing consumers on the concept of homeowners’ associations, claiming the rules they enforce protect property values. There’s no solid evidence to prove that a home in an association-governed community is worth more to a home buyer than a comparable …

First Amendment, Fair Housing, & Civil Rights: Can MI HOA discriminate on basis of religious affiliation?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Bay View Association (MI) case is particularly important because the Association possesses many of the same qualities, rights, and governing powers of modern association-governed communities (HOAs). If a federal court recognizes Bay View Association as a government entity, could it open the doors to future legal challenges …

Is Joppatowne, MD, new home community violating Fair Housing Act?

Fair Housing complaint filed with HUD. Hartford County has stopped issuing building permits, and buyers cannot move in, pending outcome of lawsuit. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The latest controversy circulating on social media is a Fair Housing complaint involving River Run, a 55+ retirement community in Maryland. It all started when a …