HOA Issue #3: HOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many times I hear from homeowners that they purchased their townhouse or condo so that they would not have to mow the lawn, shovel snow, and maintain trees and shrubs on their property. But buying into a low-maintenance association-governed community has its down side. For one thing, a homeowner loses control over when, how, or even IF the landscape that surrounds them is maintained. Ask Penny Armstrong, an Austin Continue ReadingHOA Issue #3: HOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

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HOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many times I hear from homeowners that they purchased their townhouse or condo so that they would not have to mow the lawn, shovel snow, and maintain trees adn shrubs on their property. But buying into a low-maintenance association-governed community has its down side. For one thing, a homeowner loses control over when, how, or even IF the landscape that surrounds them is maintained. Ask Penny Armstrong, an Austin Continue ReadingHOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

Planned HOA and condo communities don’t always live up to expectations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Did you know that when you own property in common (or shares in the corporation that owns cooperative housing property), you have very limited control over how that property is maintained? In association-governed, common interest communities, the board of directors or trustees makes most decisions about how much money to allocate to different maintenance and repair projects. The board also sets assessment levels, with authority to obtain additional Continue ReadingPlanned HOA and condo communities don’t always live up to expectations