Unpleasant surprises for HOA homeowners

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

Dirty water and sewage backups: HOA Communities demand action from local governments

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In the 1950s through 1970s, municipal and county planning commissions issued permits to allow for the creation of various private communities, either with onsite water-sewer treatment facilities or hookups to public utility lines. But now sewage backups and dirty water plague some older communities with decades-old utility infrastructure. Residents are approaching their local government officials through their homeowners or condo associations, asking for help identifying the cause of the problems, Continue ReadingDirty water and sewage backups: HOA Communities demand action from local governments

HOA cannot afford to maintain failing onsite sewer system

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When you buy into a private community, it often comes with additional costs. In some communities, that cost includes a private water or sewer system, built just for your community. But private infrastructure such as sanitary sewer systems are costly to operate and maintain. And what happens when equipment and underground pipes need to be replaced? Be prepared for substantial additional costs, as in millions of dollars. Pheasant Continue ReadingHOA cannot afford to maintain failing onsite sewer system

HOA, Condo Corruption, Fraud, Embezzlement round up (March 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This month’s collection includes sentencing of convicted embezzlers in Florida, a potential class action lawsuit for deceptive business practices at a South Beach condominium, an arrest in connection with a condo rental scam, and a disturbing case of environmental fraud in the Boston area. Homeowners’ association treasurer gets 3 years for stealing $122,779 Posted Mar 17, 2017 at 9:50 PM Updated Mar 17, 2017 at 10:06 PM By Continue ReadingHOA, Condo Corruption, Fraud, Embezzlement round up (March 2017)