Poinciana: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Residents of Poinciana, a Census Designated Place governed by one of the country’s largest homeowner associations, were hopeful that a recent Arbitrator’s order to conduct a new election would result in more homeowner representation on their Village and Master Association boards. Those hopes were crushed on August 1st, when developer AV Homes, also known as Avatar, once again cast thousands of votes for undeveloped, unplatted parcels where homes might Continue ReadingPoinciana: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

4 risks for homeowners in developer-controlled HOA communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com According to Census data, 3 out of 4 new homes in the U.S. are built in HOA-governed communities. Home buyers are not always aware that each new HOA community is controlled by a real estate developer, and that control often lasts for many years. The HOA industry and home builder trade groups claim that developer control is necessary until most of the lots or units in a common Continue Reading4 risks for homeowners in developer-controlled HOA communities

Can homeowners, condo associations be family friendly?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s Saturday afternoon, an unseasonably warm autumn day. The wind is starting to pick up in the northwest, with a cold front scheduled to arrive in a few hours. My neighbors are outside with their children, raking leaves. Watching half a dozen kids between ages of 2 and 10 run and jump into a big pile of leaves brings a smile to my face. In the driveway across the Continue ReadingCan homeowners, condo associations be family friendly?

CCFJ backs FL HOA Reform Bill again

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATE: Companion House Bill 1375 filed. See here: http://www.hoareformbill.net/HouseBillHB1375.html   For the third year in a row, CCFJ has filed an HOA Reform Bill seeking to expand regulation of Florida Homeowner Associations, mainly through direct oversight from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR, or the “Department”) Previous attempts have failed to gain traction in the state Legislature. Special interest groups have organized their efforts to defeat HOA Continue ReadingCCFJ backs FL HOA Reform Bill again