Judge also OKs homeowners’ 4th amended complaint, so legal challenge can proceed By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATE: The Ledger reports that Friends of Poinciana Villages member Victor Destremps ran unopposed in Village 5 for the 2018 election cycle. Destremps was then appointed by the board of Village 5 to serve on the master HOA board, Association of Poinciana Villages (APV). With the election and appointment of Destrempts, there are now two homeonwers Continue ReadingPoinciana HOA update: homeowners’ group gains one new seat on Master Association board
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is regulation of association-governed communities possible? Some states, such as Florida, California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Virginia have attempted to protect housing consumers with various state agencies: Ombudsman offices; Attorney General-Consumer Protection divisions; administrative offices that regulate businesses and issue professional licenses. But all of these efforts have yielded disappointing results for taxpayers and consumers. Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is a prime example. Continue ReadingPoinciana HOA update: Court won’t uphold Arbitration ruling that made 2017 election invalid
By Deborah Goonan Could the turmoil in Poinciana HOA lead to regulation of Florida’s Homeowners’ Associations by the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR)? State Rep. John Cortes, Osceola County, has actively supported owners in Poinciana seeking to incorporate. Three attempts at those efforts have failed, as Polk and Osceola Delegation support has been split on the issue. In the meantime, conflict has reached a boiling point, with the HOA Board now split into Continue ReadingIs help finally on the way for Florida HOAs?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Florida has more Association governed communities than any other state in the U.S. (California is a close second.) And it seems every year there are attempts to make HOAs work better. This year is no exception. Florida happens to govern different types of Associations under different statutes. Condominiums and cooperative associations are somewhat more regulated than single family planned communities, which are governed by a separate Homeowners Association Act. Continue ReadingTrio of bills propose regulation of Florida HOAs