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Governor Signs Condominium and Homeowners Association Legislation but Vetoes Legislation which Would Have Modified the Condominium Sprinkler Retrofit and Life Safety Requirements

Citing to the recent London high-rise fire, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed House Bill 653 which, among other things, sought to amend the …

Perfect example of how HOAs abuse power to impose fines

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Another week, another report of HOA lunacy. The latest story comes from Seven Oaks Property Owners …

How to make your HOA work for its members, a daunting challenge

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Overall, the industry that builds, sells, and serves HOAs promotes the wildly unrealistic …

Management

FEMA ▶ Social Current See

Most homeowners have little cognizance of the topic of disaster recovery, perhaps disaster preparedness, but not necessarily recovery.<p>When the topic …

HOA Secrets Exposed: How does your HOA spend the money collected?

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Whether you love or hate your homeowner's association (HOA), you know that when the dues are due, you have to pay. But how much …

U.S. Postal Service

H.R. 2548, FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2017

H.R. 2548 would authorize appropriations for the administration and operation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and for the National …

U.S. Congress

NJ Condo association gets $10 M in landmark construction defect suit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>A legal team from Becker & Poliakoff recently announced a $10 million award for the Grandview 1 at …

Ask SAM: HOA Woes?

Q: Our home owners association by-laws state that it is the duty of the president to call a special meeting when 20 percent or more of members …

Tribeca Film Festival

Is Your HOA Properly Retaining and Storing its Records?

Every homeowners association needs to have established procedures to ensure the safe storage and retrieval of HOA records and documents. Those …

Vinyl Records

New HOA Estoppel Requirements Signed into Law

Title insurance companies and closing agents handling transactions involving homeowners’ and condominium associations have long been frustrated by …

Privacy

Social unrest, violence among homeowners in HOAs

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>This week brings two disturbing reports of violence among residents living in association governed …

Policing

Q&A: Addressing a Possible Conflict of Interest Within a Board - Q&A: Addressing a Possible Conflict of Interest Within a Board

Q. I am a relatively new board member at-large to our HOA board in a small community with 44 homes. I recently learned that our previous treasurer …

Poinciana owners say developer cast thousands of invalid votes in HOA election

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Conflicts over who should control Poinciana, one of Florida’s largest homeowners associations with …

Housing

Census reports many layers of government, HOAs not counted among them

US Census data on Special Districts helps explain why your taxes are so high<p><i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>The U.S. has continued …

U.S. Census

HOA Internal Procedures for Dispute Resolution

There are several ways in which an association may efficiently enforce its governing documents without resorting to the expense and delay of …

New homes under $200K less likely to be part of HOA per Census data

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Although the number of new homes sold in the U.S. has increased dramatically in recent years, the …

Real Estate

What is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>To solve any problem, it helps to identify its cause or causes.<p>So as we attempt to tackle social …

HOA CC&Rs Should Provide for the Power to Impose Special Assessments Against Individual Members

by<p>An important function of a homeowners association’s board of directors is to impose assessments on the association members in order to generate …

Unlimited

Condo to hotel conversion a bad deal for 20% of FL unit owners

Minority investor-owners’ investments turn sour, full-time residents are displaced.<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>People buy …

Real Estate

Defunct golf courses affect neighboring HOA communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Legal battles between golf-lovers, their non-golfing neighbors, golf course owners, and local …

Golf

Condo owners, managers speak publicly about abusive association

Florida condo association threatens foreclosure in dispute over $25 late fee. Condo owners, former managers say the board is out of control.<p><i>By</i> …

Real Estate

Reader poll on HOAs imposing fines

Exposing residential real estate corruption & educating consumers in search of the American Dream #ValueMyRights #HOA #Condo #AffordableHousing …

Real Estate

HOA Homefront: Homeowners won't turn out to vote for elections

Q:I have been a director of a mid-sized association. About 90 percent of the homes are owner-occupied. For the last three years we have been unable …

San Diego

How government uses HOAs and special districts to create stealth tax

How many layers of government do we really need?<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Have you ever stopped to think about all the costs …

Cities

Riverview family gets to keep home in settlement with association

RIVERVIEW — One Riverview family is breathing easier this week following negotiations with their homeowners association that will allow them to keep …

Florida AG candidate instrumental in HOA settlement with family over $150 foreclosure

Attorney Ryan Torrens says it’s time for legislative change<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Readers of IAC blog know I have been …

Foreclosure

Madison man forced to vacate home after losing court fight with homeowner’s association

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Madison resident Douglas Pegues has been in his Shamrock Drive home for 11 years, but Tuesday he began living in a hotel until he …

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Does court victory for home builders create more risk for condo owners?

CO Supreme Court decision may please home builders, but can home buyers count on safe, well-built homes?<p><i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American</i> …

Real Estate

Oceano homeowner shares HOA struggles as a lesson to others

Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>><p>Updated:Thursday, June 22 2017 10:24 AM EDT2017-06-22 14:24:15 GMT<p>The Federal Bureau of Prisons says …