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NJ Circuit Court rules condo association’s swimming schedule violates Fair Housing Act

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Three years ago, A Country Place Condominium Association, Lakewood, New Jersey, made national news when two of its residents clashed with the condo board over its sex-segregated swimming pool policies. This week the U.S. Third Circuit Court struck down the condominium association’s swimming pool policy as a violation of the Fair Housing Act, because the swimming schedule favors men and discriminates against women. The ruling overturns an earlier decision Continue ReadingNJ Circuit Court rules condo association’s swimming schedule violates Fair Housing Act

California HOA Legislation: fair elections and management accountability (April 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowner advocate alert: three California HOA bills to be debated in Legislative committees. SB434 and SB754 will be heard for the first time today at the Capitol. A second hearing on SB323 is scheduled for April 30th. If you live in California, now is your chance to let your lawmakers hear from you. SB323 HOA elections This homeowner-friendly bill is sponsored by Center for California Homeowner Association Law (CCHAL) and Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA Legislation: fair elections and management accountability (April 2019)

Welcome Spring!

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Time to pause for a spring break over the holiday weekend. Enjoy the April showers, ☔️ spring flowers, and time with family and friends. Thanks for reading!   🙂

Montana HOA legislation protects private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated April 19, 2019 This week, Montana Senate Bill 300 passed both chambers of the state Legislature, as amended. Introduced by Senator Kenneth Boger (R), SB0300 upholds “use” rights of property owners in HOA-governed communities. The bill begins as follows: Section 1. Homeowners’ association restrictions — real property rights. (1) (a) A homeowners’ association may not enter into, amend, or enforce a covenant, condition, or restriction in such a Continue ReadingMontana HOA legislation protects private property rights