How your HOA can kill your home-based child care business

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Last week I posted a legislative update of new HOA, condo, and co-op statutes in Virginia. One of those bills H1853, recently enacted amended the home-based business provisions related to association-governed, deed restricted communities. Today I’ll clarify my previously stated opinion, and explain why I doubt that newly enacted amendments will effectively prevent HOAs from shutting down in-home child day care services.   Overview of H1853 (2019) Here’s Continue ReadingHow your HOA can kill your home-based child care business

Virginia HOA, condo, co-op legislation – transparency and property rights (April 2019)

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to several new state laws, Virginia HOAs and condominium associations will be required to provide greater transparency to homeowners and homebuyers. Developers must also make POAs aware of all common stormwater facilities. And CC&Rs and can prohibit home based child care businesses. No more special assessment surprises Virginia already boasts one of the country’s more stringent home buyer disclosure packets from sellers of HOA-governed property, including a Continue ReadingVirginia HOA, condo, co-op legislation – transparency and property rights (April 2019)

Vietnam Vet wins 20-year flag pole battle with HOA

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The good news is that a Virginia delegate helped a Vietnam veteran convince his HOA to allow him to put up a flag pole for his American flag. The bad news: it took 20 years to resolve the dispute, and allow an American veteran to assert his rights and display his patriotism. Last Friday, WRIC Channel 8 News (Richmond) reported that Wyndham Homeowners Association finally told Richard Oulton that Continue ReadingVietnam Vet wins 20-year flag pole battle with HOA

HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Today’s post is a Buyer Beware message. Unless you’re viewing a home near a recreational lake — a real lake used for boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports — that ornamental “lake” is nothing more than a retention pond. Its primary purpose is to collect stormwater runoff for environmental Continue ReadingHOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland