Indiana: HOA mandatory mediation bill tacked onto solar energy bill

On April 5th, I posted an article about Indiana HB 1138, which proposes that, if either an HOA or a homeowner requests mediation, the other party is mandated to submit to mediation before either party can file a lawsuit in civil court. Meanwhile, later that day, the Senate Judiciary Committee posted an amended version of HB 1331, a bill drafted to address HOA restrictions on solar energy systems. Dubbed the solar energy bill, HB 1331 now Continue ReadingIndiana: HOA mandatory mediation bill tacked onto solar energy bill

Utah SB 154 removes some HOA solar energy barriers for homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Update MArch 11, 2017: Utah SB 154 passed both House and Senate as of late Thursday evening. In the end, there was a compromise. HOAs that currently have restrictions “explicitly prohibiting” solar panels can still enforce those restrictions, unless two-thirds of parcel owners vote to change those restrictions. Reportedly, most HOA restrictive covenants in Utah do not explicitly prohibit solar panels. Therefore the new law – now enrolled and Continue ReadingUtah SB 154 removes some HOA solar energy barriers for homeowners

HOA, Condo & Co-op legislation highlights (June 2019, CO, IN, MD, NV, WA )

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: Colorado CAM licensure extension vetoed; no mandatory mediation for Indiana HOAs; developer HOA voting rights clarified in Maryland; construction defect law changes in Nevada and Washington; WUCIOA limitations. Colorado CAM Licensure extension bill vetoed by Gov. Polis Since I last updated readers on the status of HB19-1212, the bill pertaining to continuation of licensing requirements for Community Association Managers (CAMs), I have learned that Governor Jared Polis Continue ReadingHOA, Condo & Co-op legislation highlights (June 2019, CO, IN, MD, NV, WA )

Legislative Highlights (CA, OH, FL – Jan 2018)

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Some highlights from across the U.S. California Affordable housing, reporting requirements Marjorie Murray, Center for California Homeowner Association Law (CCHAL) has informed me that SB35 was recently enacted into law. It requires the California Department of Housing and Community Development to collect data from local governments as part of the “housing element” process, a component of land use and community planning. The purpose of this legislation is to track Continue ReadingLegislative Highlights (CA, OH, FL – Jan 2018)