HOA Issue #9: Worldwide condo, strata corruption & dysfunction (July 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s featured collection of HOA articles about condo and strata common interest and planned communities around the world. Leasehold scandal: Developers could face criminal charges for breaking consumer protection rules when selling new build homes (U.K.) Buyers were not made aware of vital details prior to purchasing property Purchasers have been affected up and down the country Conveyancers and solicitors may also be held to account By WILL Continue ReadingHOA Issue #9: Worldwide condo, strata corruption & dysfunction (July 2018)

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Worldwide condo/strata corruption & dysfunction (July 2018)

Worldwide-condo-strata

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s collection of articles from common interest and planned communities around the world. Leasehold scandal: Developers could face criminal charges for breaking consumer protection rules when selling new build homes (U.K.) Buyers were not made aware of vital details prior to purchasing property Purchasers have been affected up and down the country Conveyancers and solicitors may also be held to account By WILL KIRKMAN FOR THISISMONEY.CO.UK PUBLISHED: 02:20 Continue ReadingWorldwide condo/strata corruption & dysfunction (July 2018)

Guess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some readers of IAC may be unaware that association-governed communities exist in other countries of the world. Most of them are condominium associations, but may be called by different names such as “strata” or “horizontal properties.” Detached homes in association-governed neighborhoods are called “villas” in many parts of the world, and, because there’s usually no ownership of individual parcels of land, their communities are more equivalent to condominium Continue ReadingGuess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

Condo, Strata power struggles out of control in U.S. and Canada

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Anyone who follows reports of conflict and dysfunction in association-governed, corporate-managed, common interest communities begins to see recurring behavior patterns. It goes something like this: Most owners and residents in multifamily housing try to get along, but, inevitably, a few people living in such close quarters start to get on each others’ nerves. Petty and not-so-petty neighbor disputes are common. When money becomes a scarce resource for the association, Continue ReadingCondo, Strata power struggles out of control in U.S. and Canada

Leaky condos, special assessments a pervasive problem worldwide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s blog is for my Canadian readers, but also serves as a reminder to U.S. owners of Association Governed condominiums or cooperatives that the very same problems exist worldwide, wherever Common Interest Development is prevalent. The following article, written by a Canadian attorney, illustrates that point quite well. In British Columbia, condo owners have been dealing with water infiltration for 20 years. Over that period of time, excessive moisture Continue ReadingLeaky condos, special assessments a pervasive problem worldwide