HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Oct. 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com A noticeable pattern of theft this month: trusted HOA managers, treasurers embezzling money, then falsifying records to cover up their alleged crimes. Plus: one of Chicago’s condo attorneys suspended for one year. Illinois Condo attorney suspended, after he falsified financial records at his former law firm The state agency that regulates legal professionals, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), recently suspended Michael Shifrin, of Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit. ARDC Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Oct. 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op golf community updates (Sept/Oct 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com In this update: Golf course owners face financial difficulties; homeowners in several states object to redevelopment plans of defunct golf courses; Arizona homeowners win court victory to save their adjacent golf course.   California Resort owner shuts down second of two golf courses, hopes to find buyer Diablo Grande is a planned community that was built around two 18-hole golf courses, the Legends and the Ranch. Despite original Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op golf community updates (Sept/Oct 2019)

HOA, condo, co-op News Roundup (Sept. 1, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   New HOA laws in SC don’t rein in corruption; FL HOA to fine police officer for parking violation; NE residents fear their road will collapse into a cavern below; bankrupt condo association living with blue tarps over their rooftops.   Say it isn’t so! New HOA laws don’t help homeowners (SC) State Rep. Russell Fry tells WMBF’s investigative reporter that he knows HOA statutes, which became effective January Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op News Roundup (Sept. 1, 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Summer 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com  Homeowners, HOAs, and local governments debate what to do about struggling or dead golf courses in the U.S. Homeowners near dry, overgrown golf course fear wildfire threat (CA) Residents of the Adobe Creek HOA worry that four to five-foot tall dried grass creates a wildfire risk for their community. The Adobe Creek golf course has been shut down since 2017. It’s a public course with portions in Petaluma Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Summer 2019)