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California HOA election bills await Governor’s signature

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com   It’s been 5 months since IAC posted an update on two hotly-debated common interest community HOA election bills. After months of vigorous attempts by trade group lobbyists to defeat it, SB 323 has passed both chambers of the California Legislature. However, the HOA-industry’s favored election bill, SB 754, also awaits Governor Newsome’s signature by Sept. 30, 2019. Here’s a summary of both bills.   SB 323 (2019) Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA election bills await Governor’s signature

HOA’s 10-year assault on free speech comes to an end

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What happens when homeowners choose to be politically involved in their HOA-governed community? Industry trade groups would have the public believe that HOAs encourage homeowners to be active participants in their community’s self-governance. But, more often than not, IAC hears from owners who face backlash when they question the HOA board’s priorities or decisions. Mike Glassic and his wife, Noreen Gorka, both Pennsylvania homeowners, know the pain of HOA Continue ReadingHOA’s 10-year assault on free speech comes to an end

No word on what caused hole beneath Henrico County condo

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com   A few weeks ago, a mysterious sinkhole opened up under the home of a family living at Westshire on Parham Condo, near Richmond, VA. Homeowners Alesia and Derek Williams, and their 12-year-old daughter, had to leave their home shortly after Henrico County deemed the building unsafe. The family stayed in a hotel for about a week. During that time, the HOA hired contractors to prop up the Continue ReadingNo word on what caused hole beneath Henrico County condo

HOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Sept 16, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com HOA says officer can park cruiser in driveway after all; condo balcony collapses injure more than a dozen people; dispute between POA/City leaders gets out of hand;  condo association continues to fail; coyotes jump short HOA fence and kill family dog.   Florida HOA reverses course, says police officer can park her cruiser in the driveway In the last HOA news roundup, IAC featured reports about Cross Pointe HOA Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news roundup (Sept 16, 2019)