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Planned HOA and condo communities don’t always live up to expectations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Did you know that when you own property in common (or shares in the corporation that owns …

Real Estate

Homeowners associations’ dues

The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), the government office that regulates land use, housing development and homeowners associations …

Philippines

My View: Here's some advice for condo and homeowners associations on how to address Airbnb short-term rentals

The issues created by short-term rentals facilitated by Airbnb and its competitors have been among the most pressing problem areas for condominium …

Sharing Economy

It’s Memorial Day weekend – here come the HOA flag restrictions

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Several of my neighbors regularly display the American flag. Some hang bunting on their front …

American Flag

You can sue your board without an attorney — but think twice before doing it

<b>Question:</b> I finally sued my homeowner association board for mismanagement and breach of duty in a Los Angeles court but did so in “pro per” without an attorney.<p>The association’s insurance company’s attorney filed a demurrer and argued that because the claims in my lawsuit are “derivative” in nature …

Drought

When the dream of condo living turns into a dictatorial nightmare

“Gag orders” on banning complaints and annoying behaviour are just the tip of the condo craziness iceberg<p>Earlier this month, a Toronto condo board …

Real Estate

Vintage Community Associations can be more friendly, less restrictive than most “modern” HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Most modern homeowner associations are initially established and controlled by real estate …

Housing

HOA fines traffic offenders; videotapes residents

The couple believes the video intrudes on their privacy, but Florida law allows it. Melton says the HOA uses it for evidence.<p>"If you have videotape …

National Security Agency (NSA)

American Flag Cannot Be Flown on These Days: Veterans Outraged

A community in Georgia is upset over an e-mail they received from their homeowners’ association. The e-mail outlines information that effectively …

Veterans

‘DVExit,’ 3 of 10 Dammeron Valley subdivisions vote to leave homeowners association

<b>WASHINGTON COUNTY</b> – Three subdivisions voted Friday to leave the Dammeron Valley Landowners Association after residents at odds with a developer …

Housing

HOA Homefront: Recipe for reasonable rules

One important board responsibility is to adopt and enforce community rules. Developers, when creating common interest communities, provide CC&Rs and …

Law

Judge: Homeowners’ board may owe Christians punitive damages

The complaint of a single resident of a planned community of hundreds of homes in California prompted the homeowners association board to banish four …

Is the city of Champaign using hostile buyer of stormwater lakes to pressure homeowners to form HOA?

Corporation by the name of Nasty Joe’s LLC purchased two lakes at tax sale for $1,800<p><i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Sometimes I …

Real Estate

'Don't Mess With My Flag': Vets Outraged After HOA Limits When American Flags Can Be Displayed Insider

Residents in a Georgia neighborhood are outraged after their homeowners association said they can only display American flags on their homes 23 days out of the year.<p>Tom Wilder is a U.S. Navy veteran who proudly flies a flag outside his home in the Village at Towne Lake in Cherokee County.<p>"You don't …

U.S. Navy

23 days: Woodstock HOA puts limits on displaying US flag

WOODSTOCK, GA - Some Woodstock residents are furious with their homeowners' association after being told they can only display the US flag 23 days a …

Battle of the Bulge

Napoleon Court Condominium association seeking over $1,400 from Jefferson Parish man

GRETNA – A condo association is seeking damages, claiming that a tenant failed to pay fees.<p>Napoleon Court Condominium Homeowner's Association Inc., …

Crime

Ormond Heritage condo owners facing moldy nightmare

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>For many home buyers looking for a place to vacation or retire, Florida is at the top of the list. …

Real Estate

HOA settles suit for $300K

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A family suing the McNary Estates Homeowners Association (HOA) for discrimination against their developmentally …

RVs

NJ aims to boost democracy in homeowners associations

One of every seven New Jersey residents lives in communities overseen by homeowners associations. State lawmakers say they need more of a …

Housing

Should HOAs have authority to issue traffic tickets?

Critics say Florida state law gives HOAs too much unchecked power<p><i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Fox News in Tampa highlights a …

Law

DC leaders plan to tackle blighted condo

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>The latest media report of a rundown, nearly abandoned condominium comes from WJLA (ABC7) in …

Housing

Legislation should limit power of HOAs

<i>By Deborah</i> Goonan<i>, Independent American</i> <i>Communitie</i><i>s</i><p>An interesting trend is happening across the U.S. Local media are engaging in investigative reports …

Home Ownership

Do homeowners experience due process in HOAs?

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Following yesterday’s blog, Legislation should limit power of HOAs, a reader sent the following …

Bill Of Rights

Homeowners' association prez admits to embezzling $300K; worked as civilian for NYPD

Danny Juliano, a civilian employee of the NYPD and the president of a Rossville homeowners' association, admitted to embezzling $300,000 from the …

Staten Island

HOA-LAND, a lesson for politicos surprised by Imperial Presidency

Why are the politicos so surprised at this inevitable turn of events with Imperial President, <i>Donald the Trump</i>, here in the bastion of democracy? …

Constitutional Law

Kansas City homeowners rebel against developer controlled HOA

Homeowners fed up with what they say is bully behavior<p><i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Today’s report from KSHB in Kansas City, …

Real Estate

Local developer, homeowners battle over HOA - Kansas City Business Journal

A dispute over a local residential community and its HOA has resulted in competing… more<p>Thinkstock<p>An antagonistic relationship between a residential …

Real Estate

The CAMster Wheel

Wait. What? You know what I’m talking about. The CAMster wheel is the seemingly never ending routine of work, eat, sleep; respond to emergency, …

Wellness

HOA wins $13.5M in arbitration against DR Horton (CO)

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>This is a construction and design defect case that boggles the mind.<p>A D.R. Horton subsidiary …

Arbitration