Dammeron Valley HOA board not acknowledging recent exit of members?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It never ceases to amaze me when an entrenched HOA board member insists upon going against the will of the people. I wrote about Dammeron Valley, Utah, a few weeks ago. At that time, three additional subdivisions had voted to exit from the 40-plus year old Landowners Association. Seven other subdivisions voted on the issue of removing themselves from DVLA, but lacked sufficient votes for a quorum. However, as Continue ReadingDammeron Valley HOA board not acknowledging recent exit of members?

Three more Dammeron Valley Utah subdivisions choose to exit HOA

Meadows and Ranches exited Dammeron Valley Landowners Association (DVLA) last year By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The association-governed, common interest community industry, led by trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) would have the public believe that the demand for living under HOA private government is high. But the reality is that more and more buyers are avoiding HOAs, condominiums, and cooperatives when they can. And homeowners in established subdivisions are seeking an exit Continue ReadingThree more Dammeron Valley Utah subdivisions choose to exit HOA

Builders deny construction defects, blame Daybreak HOA for improper maintenance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few weeks ago, I featured a news report from Daybreak HOA, South Jordan, Utah, where homeowners of relatively new homes face a huge special assessment needed for extensive repairs. (See Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes) Well, since the HOA has filed a lawsuit against home builders Holmes Homes and Hamlet Homes, both companies have gone on record denying responsibility for shoddy construction, Continue ReadingBuilders deny construction defects, blame Daybreak HOA for improper maintenance

Utah SB 154 removes some HOA solar energy barriers for homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Update MArch 11, 2017: Utah SB 154 passed both House and Senate as of late Thursday evening. In the end, there was a compromise. HOAs that currently have restrictions “explicitly prohibiting” solar panels can still enforce those restrictions, unless two-thirds of parcel owners vote to change those restrictions. Reportedly, most HOA restrictive covenants in Utah do not explicitly prohibit solar panels. Therefore the new law – now enrolled and Continue ReadingUtah SB 154 removes some HOA solar energy barriers for homeowners