Attorneys say HOAs entitled to undermine Constitutional rights

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com   In spite of recent state Supreme Court decisions in their favor, homeowners and residents in HOA-governed communities face an uphill battle for their Constitutional rights. That battle has been brewing since the 1970s. At that time, federal housing agencies threw their financial support behind deed-restricted common interest communities (commonly known as homeowners associations). But the fight for community association residents’ rights became more fierce over the years. Continue ReadingAttorneys say HOAs entitled to undermine Constitutional rights

HOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Oct. 4, 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@iclould.com   In this news roundup: Texas HOA attempts to settle long-running dispute over parked vehicles; battle over property rights in Nashville; elderly Iowa couple trapped in their 3rd floor condo; updates on catastrophic NJ condo deck collapse.   Texas Balcones Woods HOA reduces lien from $143K to $75K Back in August, the Balcones Woods Club HOA placed a $143,000 lien on the home of Greg Daniels. According to Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Oct. 4, 2019)

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Sept. 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This month: HOA managers, administrators investigated for theft and embezzlement; allegations of political conflict of interest in Mississippi; and Delaware DOJ pursues real estate developer for deceptive marketing practices. Police investigation: $100,000 in “reimbursement” checks to former HOA manager (CA) Chula Vista police are investigating a former HOA manager for possible embezzlement of funds at Camelot at Eastlake Shores HOA. In an interview with Channel 10 News of Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Sept. 2019)

Notable HOA lawsuits (September 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com   From construction defects to wrongful death claims to Fifth Amendment “takings” lawsuits, this month’s post highlights HOA lawsuits that run the gamut.   Texas homeowners stuck with malfunctioning HOA septic system Imagine building your dream home, expecting to be connected to a public waste water system, only to find out the developer built an on-site sewage facility (OSSF) instead. And, according to a lawsuit filed by residents Continue ReadingNotable HOA lawsuits (September 2019)