47-year condo complex without running water for a week

Water-pool-drop

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s another shining example of a mature condominium complex with crumbling infrastructure and, apparently, little money to fix the problem. Residents of more than 500 units at Encino Condo Association have been without running water for at least a week, according to a CBS Los Angeles news report earlier this week, due to three consecutive water main breaks. Although the condo association has arranged for delivery of water for Continue Reading47-year condo complex without running water for a week

Spring Creek HOA needs $90M for road repair (NV)

Owners also seek options to private water and sewer utility. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For more than two years, Spring Creek Association in Elko, Nevada, has been looking for the magic cure for its crumbling infrastructure. In addition to a variety of recreational amenities, the sprawling association has more than 5,400 lots, 150 miles of privately maintained roads, and an expensive but inadequate private water and sewer  utility. Homeowners and several boards have Continue ReadingSpring Creek HOA needs $90M for road repair (NV)

This month’s roundup of HOA dysfunction (June 2018)

  Association-governed communities have important responsibilities, but many times, the HOA falls short of fulfilling its duties. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Here’s a serious safety warning: make sure the pool service contractor for your HOA’s pool club knows how to safely handle and monitor those pool chemicals. A San Jose area pool contractor made a dangerous error — mixing muriatic acid with chlorine. It created a noxious gas cloud that floated Continue ReadingThis month’s roundup of HOA dysfunction (June 2018)

Unpleasant surprises for HOA homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Property owners in this St. Louis (MO) homeowners’ association are coping with sewage backup, suing their Property Owners’ Association for failure to repair the lateral sewer line located on association property. Portland Place with its historic enclave of grand homes situated near Forest Park, has a sewage system that is showing its age. Portland Place property owners claim association failed to fix sewers by Lhalie Castillo | Nov. 10, 2017, Continue ReadingUnpleasant surprises for HOA homeowners