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Condo owners discover that association living is not affordable

Condo, HOA assessments and fee spikes beyond the control of homeowners<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>I hear from homeowners all …

Real Estate

Anyone can sue an HOA, and it can cost homeowners millions

Lamplight Village at Centennial Springs HOA must pay $20 million awarded to Plaintiff in personal injury lawsuit involving playground equipment<p>By …

Real Estate

HOA, condo Golf course community updates (February 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communties<p><i>Although the industry likes to tout that HOAs are democratic bastions of self-governance, they</i> …

Real Estate

Your HOA: part corporation, part police state?

Homeowners, residents question excessive power of HOAs.<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Regular readers of <i>IAC</i> are familiar with my …

Corruption

Former residents suing yet another California HOA with rules against children playing

Brought to you by California, the most-regulated environment for association-governed, common interest communities<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent …

Real Estate

ALTACITIES Defined

http://nuzzel.com/ALTALOMAN <br>http://altacities.com <br>http://canswerist.com <br>http://socialcurrentsee.com<p>#ALTACITES creator and archivist now posts content …

Olathe Kansas homeowner’s bittersweet win against his oppressive HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>The story of a years-long dispute between Jim Hildenbrand and Avignon Villa Homes Community …

Real Estate

Fake deed restrictions: a new twist on the HOA scam

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Most of the time, homeowners don’t think about the deed that grants them legal rights to own and …

Real Estate

Why is apathy rampant in homeowner, condo, and co-op associations?

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Here at <i>IAC</i>, I strive to look at the Big Picture and connect the dots, in order to provide a better …

Real Estate

What's wrong with this house? Homeowner fined thousands by HOA

The power of Homeowners Associations. They can tell you what color you can paint your house, where to park, even what you can have in your yard. They …

Real Estate

Is your HOA legally obligated to maintain the common areas?

NJ and IN courts rule on duties of homeowners, condo associations<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>When you purchased your house, …

Real Estate

HOA Homefront:- Why can’t they observe?

Q:I am a new board member. The present board does almost everything in executive session. Then the president makes short announcements at the open …

Palm Desert

Sheriff's deputy accused of falsifying HOA records

A Broward Sheriff’s deputy resigned several months into a criminal investigation of whether he falsified state documents to conceal his after-hours …

Corruption

PA Rep. reintroduces homeowner bill that would harm residents of HOAs, condos, and co-ops

<i>Feature image: State seal of Pennsylvania; image by Henrik on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike).</i><p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent …

IT

New conflict of interest disclosure law affects NY condos and co-ops

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>A new disclosure law in New York State highlights the fact that condominium and cooperative …

Finance

Here’s why it’s misleading to claim homeowners,’ condo, & co-op associations are ‘contractual’ communities

<i>In response to renewed online discussion of the function and nature of association-governed, common interest communities, I am reposting an article</i> …

Real Estate

Do Americans truly want homeowner and condo associations?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>You may have seen reports of “objective” surveys that reveal that the majority of Americans who …

Real Estate

*SCS ▶ Worthy ♥ Wednesday

*SCS ▶Worthy ♥ Wednesday on <b>My★Gov★Watch</b><p>+<p>▶ Amazon eXNG ▶ ★ALTACITIES★ ▶ TODAY★WORTH ▶ Blogger<p>▶ SLIDESHOW ▶<br>Flip②▶ WEDNESDAY WORTHY ▶ in association …

Owners Challenge Condo Corporation’s Authority to Enter into Agreement for Bulk Television and Internet Services

In a recent case, <i>Zordel v. MTCC No. 949</i>, a couple of unit owners (the “<b>Applicants</b>”) sued the condominium corporation after it entered into a new …

Small Business

HOA's $40,000 plan for new fence is misuse of funds, some residents says

<i>OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --</i> A neighborhood in Overland Park is divided after its HOA made plans to pay $40,000 to replace a fence.<p>"I mean, you can see the …

HOA-Land: the product of the decline in democratic institutions in America

Over the years I’ve attempted to inform and educate advocates, legislators, the media, home buyers and the public in general about the “<i>emergence and</i> …

There’s Community and Consensus. But It’s No Commune.

Moving into a new house that’s roughly a 90-second walk from that of your parents may not be the ideal living condition for most adults — in fact, for nine years that familial proximity provided most of the plot lines and barbed jokes of the TV comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” — but that’s what …

Housing

Neighbors took on T-Mobile when it tried to put a tower in their neighborhood – and won

T-Mobile tried to put a cell phone tower near the Westbury neighborhood, but residents objected and council members killed the telecommunication …

Telecoms

'Condo Clean Up Act' would reduce homeowner fees: Opinion

The Florida Legislature was warned in 2008: a handful of condominium associations weren't protecting owners adequately enough. The result was …

MI House bill would nullify condo bylaws with respect to membership vote to commence lawsuits

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Should a condo board have sole authority to initiate lawsuits on behalf of co-owners of the …

Does the new website requirement impact all condos?

<i>Editor’s Note: David G. Muller is an attorney with the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., which represents community associations throughout</i> …

City of Chicago seeks to undo state law pertaining to records requests made by condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Now here is a prime example of the uphill battle of enacting and <i>maintaining</i> consumer-friendly …

CA DSL Bill of Rights

HOAs rain on homeowners' solar parade, residents' property rights

CLOSE<p>Solar power homeowner Joey Myles talks about HOA troubles and his solar panels.<p>When Joey Myles was looking for his family's forever home, he had …