You pay your condo HOA fees. Shouldn’t your home be safe?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Most residents of common interest developments and community associations expect their HOAs to faithfully provide important services they were promised when they moved into their home. But I’ve lost count of the number of homeowners and residents that reach out to me in frustration. They often tell me that their homeowners, condo, or co-op association is not keeping up with routine maintenance, and, even worse, their association is not Continue ReadingYou pay your condo HOA fees. Shouldn’t your home be safe?

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Sometimes HOAs transform their planned communities into cities

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners frequently debate whether homeonwers’ associations are “real” government, or merely private organizations. So the topic of incorporation — creation of a new town or city — is often misunderstood. Many readers assume that, if an HOA decides to become a city, the HOA ceases to exist. Usually, that’s not the case. There’s no legal requirement for an HOA (or POA) to disband or dissolve once a city or Continue ReadingSometimes HOAs transform their planned communities into cities

Laredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Indepdent American Communities Five homeowners in a Laredo, Texas, gated community are suing the developer and his family members, who continue to control boards of directors for two homeowners associations governing the planned common interest community since 1992. Attorney Doanh “Zone” T. Nguyen, Lopez Peterson, PLLC, of Laredo, filed the lawsuit in Webb County on behalf of the homeowners last week. In their third amended complaint, homeowners Guillermo Castro Jr., Petra Castro, Continue ReadingLaredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

HOA Issue #8: Ravine erosion threatens property, homeowners file lawsuit

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a homeowner lawsuit recently filed in Fort Bend County, Texas, Weston Lakes POA won’t address serious erosion problem in their drainage ravine. Joe and Jill Nixon purchased what they thought was their dream home in Riverwood Forest at Weston Lakes in July 2015. But within less than a year, the Nixons discovered a serious threat to their Fort Bend County property. Their backyard is rapidly eroding, with Continue ReadingHOA Issue #8: Ravine erosion threatens property, homeowners file lawsuit