Florida HOA board member arrested for firing gun to scare teens out of pool

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Does anyone actually believe the HOA trade group’s PR message that HOAs create a “sense of community?” If so, today’s post might change a few minds. You see, residents of The Village Association in Ormond Beach certainly aren’t feelin’ the love from HOA board member Richard Marcelle. The 66-year old man was arrested earlier this month, on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police Continue ReadingFlorida HOA board member arrested for firing gun to scare teens out of pool

HOA sues homeowner over 6-ft fence around his pool

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA lawsuits often arise from petty rules. And sometimes HOA rules defy common sense and threaten public safety. That’s the case for Murray Randall from Wentzville, Missouri. Randall lives in Peine Lakes Estates, where he owns a spacious home with a backyard swimming pool, surrounded by a six-foot tall vinyl fence. Peine Lakes HOA requires approval for all exterior improvements, including installation of fences. The problem is, Randall decided Continue ReadingHOA sues homeowner over 6-ft fence around his pool

This month’s roundup of HOA dysfunction (June 2018)

  Association-governed communities have important responsibilities, but many times, the HOA falls short of fulfilling its duties. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Here’s a serious safety warning: make sure the pool service contractor for your HOA’s pool club knows how to safely handle and monitor those pool chemicals. A San Jose area pool contractor made a dangerous error — mixing muriatic acid with chlorine. It created a noxious gas cloud that floated Continue ReadingThis month’s roundup of HOA dysfunction (June 2018)

When your HOA cares more about property values than personal safety

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities There are many good reasons for installing a fence – to keep children and pets safely enclosed in the yard, to create privacy from adjacent neighbors, to keep your yard from becoming the neighborhood shortcut or a place to for idle teens to hang out. And then there are safety fences, commonly installed around a swimming pool, to prevent accidental drowning. You would think that, as an owner of Continue ReadingWhen your HOA cares more about property values than personal safety