Tymber Skan (FL) Condos: Living Proof that HOAs Don’t Protect Property Values

  By Deborah Goonan Tymber Skan is a 1970s condominium association near Orlando. For more than a decade, the community has been plagued by crime and blight. In recent years, although some of the units have been condemned and torn down, the ones that remain are in deplorable condition. Just last year, Orange County worked with a few remaining long-time owners to settle  over $90,000 in uncollected water bills, to allow the owners a chance to turn Continue ReadingTymber Skan (FL) Condos: Living Proof that HOAs Don’t Protect Property Values

Throwback Thurdsay: Aggressive foreclosures backfire on Florida homeowners associations

Originally posted in Tampa Bay Times by Susan Taylor Martin (March 18, 2012) Ralph and Michael Chancey have gotten some great deals on real estate. A $1.15 million bayfront Apollo Beach home for $10,010. A 3,700-square-foot house in North Tampa for $8,090. Dozens of homes in Brandon and Riverview for less than $4,000 each. The houses are in communities where members must pay fees to a homeowners association for maintenance of common areas. When the economy Continue ReadingThrowback Thurdsay: Aggressive foreclosures backfire on Florida homeowners associations

Comparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: In Conclusion

by Deborah Goonan This concludes the blog series  – Are Homeowner and Condo Associations “Mini-Governments?” – comparing the typical governance structure of HOAs (using the term generically) to our local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. IN CONCLUSION, Homeowners’ Associations are generally non-profit corporations that have been granted special rights and powers by state law, for the purposes of enforcing CC&Rs and collecting assessments for shared expenses. HOA rights and powers, which are typically Continue ReadingComparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: In Conclusion

Comparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: Fewer Landlord and Tenant rights

By Deborah Goonan This blog series – Are Homeowner and Condo Associations “Mini-Governments?” – will compare the typical governance structure of HOAs (using the term generically) to our local governments, as guided by the principles of our Constitutional Republic. Part 5. Key differences between Homeowners’ or Condo Associations and Local Governments in America: Diluted landlord and tenant rights   Landlord and tenant rights are diluted in an HOA. In recent years, it has become common Continue ReadingComparing Homeowners’ Associations to Local Government: Fewer Landlord and Tenant rights