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
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Another Buyer Beware warning: know the sinkhole risk for the land of your new neighborhood. Buyers may assume that city and county governments would never allow a developer to build homes on limestone-rich soil that is prone to sudden collapse sinkholes. After all, some of Florida’s sinkholes are large enough to swallow up vehicles and entire homes, lead to extensive property loss and, sometimes, even loss of human life. Continue ReadingSinkholes in Ocala FL threaten homes and residents: so why continue to build homes in Sinkhole Alley?