30 years later, HOA brings back street parking ban

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A buyer should always read and review the Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions, (CC&Rs), plus additional rules and regulations, before closing on the sale of a home in an HOA-governed community. If you don’t think you can live with the CC&Rs and written standards, then you’re better off walking away from a sale agreement. But what if you can see that the HOA does not enforce certain rules? And Continue Reading30 years later, HOA brings back street parking ban

Homeowners, residents cope with dysfunctional, abusive HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 90-year-old woman stuck with flooded basement, no A/C for over two months Ameera David 5:59 PM, Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM, Aug 15, 2018 ST. CLAIR SHORES (WXYZ) – A basement in shambles is what 90-year-old Lillian Arnone has to look at every day. The St. Claire Shores homeowner living in Windwood Pointe Condominium says the problem began in early June, and since then has transformed her first level Continue ReadingHomeowners, residents cope with dysfunctional, abusive HOAs

Why did HOA tow resident’s car while he was on vacation?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Another day, another crazy rule in HOA-ville. What is it about homeowners’ associations and parking restrictions? Here’s another example of a rule against parking in the street in front of your own home. According to homeowner Cecilio Nazareno, in an interview with ABC News 10 (San Diego), since 2005, the Rolling Hills Ranch Community Association has had no problem with him parking his BMW on the street in Continue ReadingWhy did HOA tow resident’s car while he was on vacation?

Parking, towing dispute heats up in Hillsborough County Florida HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of the biggest problems created by short-sighted planning in common interest communities is the scarcity of parking space. For example, in Kings Lake subdivision, Hillsborough County, Florida, driveway space is limited and streets are somewhat narrow. If your household uses the garage for storage, and the driveway only has room for one or two vehicles without blocking the sidewalk, what are you supposed to do with a third Continue ReadingParking, towing dispute heats up in Hillsborough County Florida HOA