HOAs ▶ SocialCurrentSee

ALTACITIES®, an acronym for “ALTERNATE CITIES,” is the web moniker for the neighborhood of sites, blogs and locations created and managed by @ALTALOMAN, in reference to our first web journals and blogging activity when residents of Alta Loma in Southern California. In 2011, we moved but these ALTACITIES® remain in the form of common interest developments ▶ on Flipboard
The SocialCurrentSee found on this site deals largely with common interest developments, aka homeowner associations or HOAs, now the dominant housing development type in California and much of the rest of the nation.  For the numbers, see this DATA.

▶ Many of the sources archived and flipped here are found in my TWITTER feed and searches like the archive found below.

▶ Whether one owns a townhouse, raw land in a subdivision, a gated-community home, a shack in zoned jungle, or part stake in a condominium complex the majority of people who live there are often not always thrilled about the few folks …

HOA ▶ Fights over how to spend whose money?

One of the most contentious aspects of living in a common interest development, aka homeowners association (HOA) is the reality of regular and special assessments, not to mention emergency assessments. Our frequent source for commentary on such matters is the blog INDEPENDENT AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, so we invite a reading of and comments about the clip below.


FEMA ▶ Social Current See

Most homeowners have little cognizance of the topic of disaster recovery, perhaps disaster preparedness, but not necessarily recovery.

When the topic does come to mind, attention often turns to Federal, state, and local agencies who may provide assistance.  But what if that assistance doesn't come?  What if your community failed to receive outside assistance because Federal agencies don't recognize your community exits Surprisingly, that is a real threat to homeowner associations (HOAs) because the Federal Emergency Management Agency treats HOAs as private enterprises, not housing sub-divisions within the larger community that surrounds these locations.

Will that make a difference if disaster strikes and your HOA community needs assistance?  Look at the links in my Facebook post (above) for details.


Fair Housing ▶ SocialCurrentSee

RT @KuesterCompany "Laws can be tricky when it comes to safety and #FairHousing. How does your #HOA... @ocregister " — Tina Larsson (@FolsonGrp) May 11, 2017
THIS CASEBOOK contains a selection of 89 U. S. Court of Appeals decisions that analyze, interpret and apply provisions of the Fair Housing Act. The selection of decisions spans from 2006 to the date of publication.

The Fair Housing Act declares that "it is the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States." 42 U.S.C. § 3601. To achieve this goal, the FHA renders it unlawful to, among other things, "make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin." 42 U.S.C. § 3604(a). As relevant to this case, it provides several tools to do so. Avenue 6E Investments, LLC v. City of Yuma, Ariz., 818 F. 3d 493 (9th Cir. 2016).

[T]he Act proscribe…

Gatlinburg Reality ▶ SocialCurrentSee

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." via @BrainyQuote — Mike Foxworth (@ALTALOMAN) April 27, 2017 Nobody buys a home, much less buys into a homeowner's association, with the expectation that the home will one day be destroyed by a natural or man-made disaster. But that reality is real world to thousands in the Smoky Mountain resort of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. ▶SEE STORY.  Perhaps this story is real for you or may become so one day.

What the Gatlinburg story explains well is that homeowners in HOAs may only escape the obligation to pay HOA obligations when they sell the property and transfer title to someone else.

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Investigators HOA▶ Social Current See

Why Condo Associations Are Sweating After A Judge’s Ruling — Ward Lucas (@Ward_Lucas) April 17, 2017
Hawaiian Islands investigative reporter and columnist IAN LIND reports: “It’s probably going to take years to unravel the legal and financial uncertainty now facing condominium associations and law firms that used nonjudicial foreclosures — private sales without supervision by courts — to collect unpaid maintenance fees or other assessments prior to 2012.”
Neighbors at War!tells about the growing crisis in the modern HOA movement and lays out one of the only strategies to stop the coming collapse of the covenant-controlled neighborhood. Your freedom really is at risk! Your personal wealth is at risk. Your Constitutional rights are being secretly shredded! And it’s all legal.

Harassment ▶ Social Current See

It is true that this video clip and story did not arise from a common interest development (aka HOA), but it rings true with regard to other stories about homeowners harassed, fined, and prosecuted for flag displays. Judicial Watch is representing Robert L. Rosebrock, a Vietnam-era veteran who faces federal criminal charges for displaying two four by six inch American flags outside a Veterans Affairs fence on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.

STORY▶ Rosebrock to be tried Tuesday, April 18, on Federal charges of purportedly displaying two four-by-six inch American Flags on Veterans Affairs Center fence
MORE ▶ Harassment HOA style is now covered by a new Federal law.  Of course, as with any neighborhood dispute, the complainant has the burden of proof and such complaints are not always or easily voiced, much less won.  

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