Your HOA can’t save you from a horrible neighbor

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m amazed by the number of people who believe that an HOA “protects” homeowners from a horrible neighbor by enforcing rules that uphold property values. The research on HOAs and property values is quite thin, and simply doesn’t support the HOA industry’s lofty claims. The truth is many HOAs are poorly managed. It’s quite common for association-governed communities to experience power struggles that make it difficult to arrive at a Continue ReadingYour HOA can’t save you from a horrible neighbor

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Why we should thank the homeowner that spent $33K to sue his HOA over a $500 mailbox

He won in court, but apprently his neighbors are unhappy about that   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Keith Strong of Maryland recently discovered that when you sue your homeowners association, the controversy continues even after the lawsuit is over.   Man who fought HOA over $500 mailbox and won says his mailbox was vandalized By Lynh Bui March 14 at 5:21 PM The Washington Post Was someone trying to deliver Keith Strong Continue ReadingWhy we should thank the homeowner that spent $33K to sue his HOA over a $500 mailbox

HOA interferes with woman’s attempt to protect her family

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some of the HOA reports I find the most maddening are those that mess with the rights of its residents. And in this case, Julianna Ferguson, a single mother residing in Sunrise Ridge HOA, has a serious need to protect herself and her child from harm. But the HOA is now threatening to remove security cameras she installed outside her unit, even though board members had already granted her Continue ReadingHOA interferes with woman’s attempt to protect her family