Your HOA: part corporation, part police state?

Homeowners, residents question excessive power of HOAs. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Regular readers of IAC are familiar with my monthly “Corruption, fraud, & theft Roundup” posts. Today’s post is a Roundup of reports of homeowners association using and abusing their vast police powers in their communities — generally in the absence of due process and Constitutional constraints. These factual accounts provide more proof that association-governed communities are much more than contractual agreements among Continue ReadingYour HOA: part corporation, part police state?

Narrow roads lead to accidents, liabilities for HOAs

Florida jury finds HOA negligent, awards more than $1 million to Plaintiffs By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In Palm Beach County, Florida, Sheldon Ensard and his wife, Mary Ann, were awarded more than $1.1 million due to negligence by Seminole Lakes Homeowners Association. (See Case No. 2014-CA-005525) According to court records, and a press release by Plaintiff (Ensard) attorneys, Kaplan Sconzo & Parker, P.A., the case involved personal injury sustained by Sheldon Ensard on HOA property Continue ReadingNarrow roads lead to accidents, liabilities for HOAs

Is AZ HOA overstepping its authority?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Coronado Place HOA has been issuing speeding tickets. Arizona law gives Association-Governed communities the authority to ticket residents for speeding on its private roads. But homeowners claim these fines are invalid for various reasons. So several have not paid the speeding fines of $100. The HOA responded by sending letters threatening to shut off water to units of owners who fail to pay their speeding tickets. That prompted Continue ReadingIs AZ HOA overstepping its authority?

Do you want your neighbor using a Radar Gun in your HOA?

Shared by Deborah Goonan Originally posted on Neighbors at War, by Ward Lucas HOA Radar Guns Aimed at YOU! Regular readers of this blog know how I despise the idea of putting police radar guns in the hands of average citizens. I dislike them for a number of reasons, technological and legal. I actually ‘possessed’ a radar gun for a short time back in 1977. It was ‘loaned’ to me by a friend in the Continue ReadingDo you want your neighbor using a Radar Gun in your HOA?