Norristown PA Condominium Failure Costs Taxpayers Millions‏
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guest blog by Deborah Goonan

Why should you care about continued construction of HOAs, even if you do not live in one?

City and County planning boards love HOAs because they increase the property tax base, while requiring very few, if any, additional services to be provided within the boundaries of these communities. In theory, HOA residents pay assessments for their own services – which can include road maintenance, storm water system maintenance, security, and the like, as well as maintenance of common areas and multifamily (attached) housing structures. In other words, HOA owners pay more of their property tax dollars for a lower level of city or county service. That means higher net tax revenues for cities and counties. Or does it?

Let Me Vent About The CAI!
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guest blog by George Staropoli

How dare Susan French (lead ‘editor,’ of the 2000 Restatement of Servitudes, 3rd; co-author of Community Associations Law (1998 & 2008) with Wayne Hyatt, CAI national leader) take the attitude, accepted by the publisher, ALI, that this treatise is geared toward private governments because that’s what the people want. Did any group have her ear? (The Restatement is the common law treatise used by the courts when statutory law is silent.)

Community Associations Institute (CAI) presents the “Verdict:
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guest blog by Deborah Goonan

Community Associations Institute (CAI) presents the “Verdict: Americans Grade their Associations, Board Members, and Community Managers,” a 2014 survey of CIC residents, as evidence of “overwhelming” CIC resident satisfaction. CIC is an acronym for Common Interest Communities, industry-speak for homeowners’ and condominium associations, cooperatives, and variations such as planned communities, property owners’ associations, and other marketing catch-all phrases. I have blogged before about the results of this biannual survey, but, honestly, one has to take any market “research” conducted by an organization for its own benefit with more than a grain of salt. There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about the validity and reliability of the statistics CAI presents to the media, and good reason to doubt the ability to generalize conclusions drawn by CAI to over 64 million people.