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A Rancho Santa Margarita resident installed a drought-tolerant lawn, and now he could face HOA fines

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — Jeff Armbruster was just looking to replace his dying lawn and save a little money in the process.<p>In April, the widowed …

Landscaping

Michael Foxworth

Atlanta fire sprinkler pipe fails, floods condo units for second time

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Fire sprinkler systems have been installed in condominium and apartment buildings for the past …

Real Estate

HOAs are built on foundation of property values, not social values

HOA governance does not value kindness, or even people<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Once in a while, I read an Editorial about …

Real Estate

The Transparent Leader: How to Build a Great Company Through Straight Talk, Openness and Accountability

Shared via Kindle. Description: Drawing on his experience as a leader in some of the nation's largest corporations, Baum issues a convincing call for …

Condo association may be liable for crime related death

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>In 2015, 22-year-old Alex Johnson was found shot dead in his condo apartment unit at Paradise …

Palm Beach County

Are we letting HOAs rule our lives?

In 2015, my family and I purchased a beautiful new home in Wilson Grove in Gambrills. While we thought we were buying our dream home in a dream …

Rock Gardens

Sanford’s bill aim: ‘Treat taxpayers the same’ in private community storm cleanup

If another hurricane strikes South Carolina, Rep. Mark Sanford wants residents in private communities and neighborhoods with homeowners associations …

Condominium Rules and Regulations That Are Unenforecable

Published on: April 15, 2016<p>Some Rules and Regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees of a Condominium Association, which are enforced by the Board …

Real Estate

Fake news about HOA, condo, co-op living?

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>FACT: Many articles we see in print and online are nothing more than public relations, marketing, …

Real Estate

Condo Buyers Should Never Buy Blind Without Insider Info

Consumers should never buy blind when it comes to shopping for a condo or a residence in a homeowners association (HOA), experts advise.<p>“Novice …

Real Estate

WA state HOA decides if rebuilding is worth the cost

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Homeowners in Sudden Valley, a large-scale association-governed community in Bellingham, …

Real Estate

FL DBPR doubles down on requirements for new Poinciana elections

Order for new elections has been amended in favor of homeowner Martin Negron.<p><i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Following events in …

Housing

Coarsegold homeowner association settles retaliation lawsuit. Here’s what they must pay.

A homeowners’ association must pay $177,750 to settle a retaliation lawsuit, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced …

Lawsuits

4 things to check to avoid home buyer's remorse - RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

Many buyers have regrets about the home they bought, but these typically come after they’ve moved in, when it’s too late to do much about it. As a …

Condo industry investors unhappy about new consumer protections

New Florida statutes make it more difficult to force condo termination and apartment conversions upon unwilling owners<p><i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent</i> …

Jury rules in favor of homeowner in case of non-existent HOA

Jury finds Rancho Bel Air POA committed “negligent misrepresentation,” Awards $20K punitive damages to homeowner Jonathan Friedrich<p><i>By Deborah Goonan,</i> …

Real Estate

HOAs must pay for their own water management, flood control

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Water management and flood control are serious issues faced by municipalities and counties all …

Water

HOA Homefront: Addition of cameras in common areas needs research before board steps in

Q:A new owner in our condo complex rented it to tenants who installed security cameras on the exterior of their unit, one on their front door and one …

San Diego

Management company not obligated to answer all inquires from owners

<b>Question:</b> I have a question regarding the management company that serves a community association/HOA. I realize that there is a board of directors; …

Management

CONTACT 13: Community Manager ordered to pay $1.6 million to HOAs

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Dozens of Home Owners Associations are out a ton of money. Over a million bucks all together. Contact 13 finds out who took it …

No more nightmare condos in Florida | Miami Herald

At last, the state has taken an important step to penalize the fraud and abuses that have plagued many condominiums in Miami-Dade and Broward — and …

Miami

Spring Break Not Going Away, More Regulations in Place

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX - A change in policy coming to South Padre Island.<p>Only a few days after spring break residents gathered demanding change in …

Spring Break

When will Americans declare independence from HOA tyranny?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>In honor of Independence Day, today let’s take a look at a list of Constitutional Rights <i>not</i> …

Do some U.S. homeowners have more private property rights than others?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>As we celebrate Independence Day in the U.S., it is the appropriate time to reflect on the status …

Apples and Oranges HOA alternatives comparison

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Sometimes a story that is reported in the news is not actually news. Instead, it reads more like a …

When Disaster Strikes: Emergency Planning for Community Associations | Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)

Start Planning for a Disaster Now<p><b>Consider this scenario:</b> You are a board member for an HOA that represents over 300 residents in a condominium …

Santa Clara

Condo owner shares her LM Funding HOA horror story

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Today’s blog is an update on LM Funding, the controversial company that has been the subject of …

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 …