Owners upset over rapidly rising HOA, condo fees

No money empty pockets poor

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Whether you own property in a planned community or a condominium, beware of unexpected fee increases. Here are three recent examples: Homeowners in Tennessee debate how to pay to update their aging amenities; an aggressive board forces owners out of their Florida condos with excessively high fees; and a flash flood destroys basement common areas and condo units, but insurance won’t cover the full cost of repairs.   HOA Continue ReadingOwners upset over rapidly rising HOA, condo fees

Laws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

Disability person in wheelchair

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities . Sadly, once again, I’m seeing reports of homeowners associations denying disabled residents the right to safely enjoy their homes. The latest reports come to us from Tennessee, where residents from two HOA-governed communities have filed complaints with the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC). Veteran, amputee denied wheelchair ramps by his HOA News Channel 5 and The Tennessean report that the Meadows of Seven Points HOA (Hermitage) ordered William Continue ReadingLaws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

Are billionaire private-equity firms exploiting mobile home owners?

Greed HOA money womans face

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Beyond big cities, manufactured homes and mobile home parks are one of the few affordable housing alternatives for millions of Americans. But as small mobile home park owners sell to large real estate corporations, living conditions are deteriorating. At the same time, land rents continue to rise, according to one report in the Washington Post. The WaPo report is one of dozens I’ve read over the past several Continue ReadingAre billionaire private-equity firms exploiting mobile home owners?

Laws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors

Disability person in wheelchair

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sadly, once again, I’m seeing reports of homeowners associations denying disabled residents the right to safely enjoy their homes. The latest reports come to us from Tennessee, where residents from two HOA-governed communities have filed complaints with the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC). Veteran, amputee denied wheelchair ramps by his HOA News Channel 5 and The Tennessean report that the Meadows of Seven Points HOA (Hermitage) ordered William and Continue ReadingLaws alone won’t change hearts of your HOA neighbors