By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Local governments must work on solutions to repair crumbling private roads, because most homeowners don’t have the equipment, expertise, or money to maintain them. Private roads are a burden for many homeowners associations (HOAs). But the problem is even more acute for subdivisions where no HOA exists. Ohio: homeowners can’t get in or out of their subdivision after road washed out in a flood Owners of 32 homes Continue ReadingHow will local government deal with epidemic of crumbling private roads?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Imagine buying your retirement dream home, facing the nightmare of a huge sinkhole that could swallow it whole. What if you could be sued for that sinkhole? For Frank and Jan Neumann, that nightmare is real. According to reports in Villages-News, on February 15, 2018, a sinkhole suddenly opened up in their front yard, dangerously close to their home in The Village of Calumet Grove. Marion County officials deemed Continue ReadingThe Villages CDD could sue homeowners for delaying repair of sinkhole
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’d be willing to bet that at least nine out of ten homeowners are unaware that their HOA may own the storm water management infrastructure in their community. It’s not as though developers and home builders have anything to gain by advertising the fact that future homeowners will be stuck with future maintenance costs for storm water pipes, culverts, drainage basins, and retention ponds. That’s boring, utilitarian stuff. Ho Continue ReadingPA: to homeowner’s dismay, Township won’t help fix sinkhole, because it’s on private HOA property
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s a story that should be getting widespread national attention, because, with aging storm water infrastructure failures across the U.S., anyone could find themselves in a similar predicament — especially if their home is located within the boundaries of a homeowners’ association. Imagine how stressful and frustrating it would be if a storm water pipe failure caused a huge sinkhole to open up in your front yard, but no Continue ReadingHOA, County, VDOT passing the buck to homeowner for $78K stormwater pipe repair