Cash-strapped HOA cannot get public assistance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Big Wood Springs lake community in Winnsboro. (Photo Source: KLTV staff)   Here’s a report that illustrates special challenges faced by small Homeowners’ Associations. Big Wood Springs, a small and modest Texas HOA in Winsboro, has seen more than its share of troubles. Earlier this year, homeowners discovered they were victims of embezzlement. Their HOA treasurer, Letha Anna Thomas, was arrested on charges of stealing funds from the Association’s Continue ReadingCash-strapped HOA cannot get public assistance

Poor oversight, maintenance of HOA dams result in SC flooding

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog I often blog about HOA problems with poorly constructed or maintained storm water systems. Most people don’t think about storm water drainage until it causes flooding or contamination of watershed areas. That’s because many components of a water flow control system are not readily visible: underground drain pipes, catch basins, swales incorporated into the landscape are some examples. Dams and weirs are important water control components that may Continue ReadingPoor oversight, maintenance of HOA dams result in SC flooding

Hamptons at MetroWest Condos “unfit for human habitation”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities blog After a mere 15 years, an Orange County judge reportedly declared that the Hamptons is “unfit for human habitation.” This is a story that is repeating itself all over Florida and throughout the US. Condominiums and single family homes built at the turn of the century and during the real estate boom are literally falling apart. Leaky roofs and windows. Foundation problems. Crumbling stucco. Warped vinyl siding. Rotting Continue ReadingHamptons at MetroWest Condos “unfit for human habitation”

Do homeowners associations have too much power?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog Commentary: Melissa and Michael Rooney have planted a fruit and vegetable garden in their yard, with prior approval and under certain conditions set by their homeowners association. The problem is, the HOA keeps changing the rules and adding more conditions. Now they want the garden removed, or they plan to fine the homeowners $100 per day. But the Rooney’s are not backing down. Good for them! Does North Continue ReadingDo homeowners associations have too much power?