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How your HOA can kill your home-based child care business

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Last week I posted a legislative update of new HOA, condo, and co-op statutes in Virginia. One of those bills H1853, recently enacted amended the home-based business provisions related to association-governed, deed restricted communities. Today I’ll clarify my previously stated opinion, and explain why I doubt that newly enacted amendments will effectively prevent HOAs from shutting down in-home child day care services.   Overview of H1853 (2019) Here’s Continue ReadingHow your HOA can kill your home-based child care business

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 both bills, plus 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 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!   🙂