Safety, security not guaranteed in homeowners, condo associations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many residents and home buyers are concerned with safety and security these days, even in private communities. Unfortunately, a neighborhood of attractive homes and condos is not immune to either property or violent crime. But did you know that local law enforcement offices seldom patrols association-governed communities? Local police generally only respond to reports of crime or disturbances while in progress or, more often, after the fact. Even though Continue ReadingSafety, security not guaranteed in homeowners, condo associations

Questions abound over Citywide Protection Services shooting at Riverwalk HOA (VA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What happened in Riverwalk Community Association in Chesapeake, Virginia on Thursday, January 26, 2017, is shocking. A 60-year old Asian-American, Jiansheng Chen, was shot to death while sitting in his vehicle in his own neighborhood, while playing Pokemon Go. The alleged shooter, a private security guard employed by Citywide Protection Services. Riverwalk Community Association has gone on the record stating that the HOA contracts with Citywide to provide unarmed Continue ReadingQuestions abound over Citywide Protection Services shooting at Riverwalk HOA (VA)

HOA, Condo dysfunction and corruption: Florida

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of reports specific to the state of Florida. Please note that Florida has several state regulatory mechanisms in place as listed, none of which appear to have had any impact in preventing or reducing the level of chaos in Association Governed Housing in the Sunshine State. In addition to a weak regulatory environment in Florida (as in most other states in the U.S.), Association Governed Housing developments Continue ReadingHOA, Condo dysfunction and corruption: Florida

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