After negative media attention, condo association has change of heart

Plumbing pipes wrench leak

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After media attention, good news for Florida woman who couldn’t smell the mold growing in her condo near Orlando. Her association had a change of heart. A few weeks ago WFTV news reported that Judy Young’s condo association invoiced her more than $6,000 to clean up mold and make …

PA home builders refuse to fix hundreds of homes with wood rot

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For the past year and a half, local media have been reporting on wood rot nightmares for hundreds of homeowners in southeastern Pennsylvania. (See Action News Troubleshooters investigates growing construction crisis) According to reports, new homes were originally purchased from Toll Brothers, the Cutler Group, Pulte, K. Hovnanian, and …

Kolter, a luxury condo developer, being sued AGAIN for construction defects

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   You would expect high quality construction of condos selling for $600,000 to $1 million. But for the second time in two years, luxury condo developer Kolter Group is being sued by a condo association for numerous, serious construction defects. In 2016, Kolter Group agreed to a $22.5 …

Tenant, owner nightmares continue with leaky, moldy condos

The Worthington, Marietta, faces huge financial challenges By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here’s another typical “affordable” condominium residential community near the end of its life cycle - The Worthington Condominiums, located in Marietta, Georgia. Cobb County records indicate that The Worthington consists of two buildings at 1960 and 1962 Spectrum Circle, both constructed in …

Leaky condos, special assessments a pervasive problem worldwide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today's blog is for my Canadian readers, but also serves as a reminder to U.S. owners of Association Governed condominiums or cooperatives that the very same problems exist worldwide, wherever Common Interest Development is prevalent. The following article, written by a Canadian attorney, illustrates that point quite well. In …

Illinois Legislature fails to consider legal protections for condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to Chicago attorney Norman Lerum, Illinois condominium owners have the deck stacked against them when it comes to resolving civil disputes with their condo associations. Even in cases where it can be proven that a condo board has failed to meet its fiduciary duty, owners cannot recover their …

Former city council leader sues ritzy condo association because of mold

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Yep. Even prominent public figures get burned by their condo or homeowners associations. Even if they happen to be members of the yacht club in Marina City, Marina de Rey, California. Nate Holden was a former L.A. City Councilman, and a former member of his condo association board. But …

Tenants: invisible HOA victims

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some readers may not be aware that these days, college student housing options include condos. For many decades, Universities have traditionally built and managed on-campus student housing. But quite often, a shortage of  available student housing has led to dozens of private landlords renting apartments in multifamily homes or …