By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Owners of twenty estate homes in the Greenbrook Manor subdivision, located in the Village of River Hills, recently learned they might have to pay a $11,404 special tax assessment to the city, to pay for a new sewer lift pump. No, Greenbrook Manor is not a planned community, and there’s no homeowners’ association (HOA). Although homeowners obtain their water supply from private wells, the Village of River Hills operates Continue ReadingOwners with no HOA, public sewer, face $11,404 tax assessment
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., homeowners are considering tax districts to help them make essential repairs to their HOA infrastructure. Volunteer-led HOA boards face the difficult task of finding affordable solutions to deal with their busted dams, silt-filled lakes, crumbling roads and bridges, and obsolete wastewater systems. It’s an increasingly common problem in association-governed common interest communities, especially as infrastructure breaks down or wears out with age. Most HOAs are relatively Continue ReadingHOAs consider infrastructure tax districts
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How would you feel if you were the unlucky homeowner in your condominium — the owner of a lower level unit, and the repeated site of sewage backup whenever the pipe gets clogged? A Roy, Utah, homeowner in Rosewood Manor Condominium Association, Lorie Kerr, is that unlucky homeowner, and she’s extremely frustrated. A she explains to Matt Gephardt of KUTV, her condo has been damaged twice by raw sewage Continue ReadingWill HOA pay when common sewer line backs up into your condo?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a report on KSHB news, Mortgage lender James B. Nutter & Company had promised Aimee Patton that she would be able to return home to her condo with her daughter Amelia before Christmas. But it appears that isn’t going to happen. The condo nightmare began for Patton in July of 2017. Heavy rains flooded a nearby creek and caused the Johnson County sewage treatment plant to Continue ReadingSewage backups, black mold in nextdoor condo drive mother, daughter from their home
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Property owners in this St. Louis (MO) homeowners’ association are coping with sewage backup, suing their Property Owners’ Association for failure to repair the lateral sewer line located on association property. Portland Place with its historic enclave of grand homes situated near Forest Park, has a sewage system that is showing its age. Portland Place property owners claim association failed to fix sewers by Lhalie Castillo | Nov. 10, 2017, Continue ReadingUnpleasant surprises for HOA homeowners