California legislative updates: HOA election reform and more (Oct. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This year Governor Newsom signed an important HOA Election Reform bill that will change the HOA election process “by ensuring that HOA members are not disenfranchised,” according to Senator Bob Wieckowski [D-Fremont]. The new law makes several changes to the Davis Stirling Act, and applies to all common interest communities in the state of California. For starters, all association-governed communities are now required to hold an election at least Continue ReadingCalifornia legislative updates: HOA election reform and more (Oct. 2019)

Atlanta fire sprinkler pipe fails, floods condo units for second time

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Fire sprinkler systems have been installed in condominium and apartment buildings for the past several decades. In the past few weeks there have been several reports of fires in older multifamily housing structures, including condominiums, that resulted in fatalities and personal injury of residents. The older buildings were constructed in the 1970s -1980s, without fire sprinkler systems. There has been quite a bit of controversy about whether or Continue ReadingAtlanta fire sprinkler pipe fails, floods condo units for second time

Think your HOA townhouse is convenient, maintenance free? Think again.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In some parts of the country, the real estate industry is marketing townhouses to first time homebuyers and retirees looking to downsize. Builders are also putting up townhouses in vacation destinations. Several times per month I hear from homebuyers that are considering buying a townhouse, because they do not want to do yard work or exterior maintenance. Some are growing older, others work long hours or travel often, some Continue ReadingThink your HOA townhouse is convenient, maintenance free? Think again.

Is your condo balcony safe?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As summer weather kicks in, many condo and apartment residents look forward to spending some time out on their decks, enjoying the sunshine and some fresh air. But, not so fast. Do you know if your deck is safe? A recent report from Dublin, Ohio, serves as a caution for homeowners and tenants alike. Two people were seriously injured a few days ago, when a second story balcony suddenly Continue ReadingIs your condo balcony safe?