Majorca Isles settles for $11M from D.R. Horton

Settlement follows October 2016 judgment for $16.3 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to the lawsuit that concluded in October 2016, Majorca Isles was approved as low to moderate income housing (up to 681 units) organized as individual condo associations with an umbrella Master Homeowners Association. Most of the mortgages were FHA insured. … More Majorca Isles settles for $11M from D.R. Horton

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

HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – CA, MD, MO, NM)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California In an effort to clearly define First Amendment rights in association-governed communities, SB 407 is making its way through Senate Committees. The bill would make it unlawful for an association-governed community to restrict a member’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly on common property. The … More HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislation updates (May 2017 – CA, MD, MO, NM)

FL Legislature passes condo bill including criminal penalties

HB 1237 substituted for SB 1682, passes Senate unanimously. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Updated 7:45 PM Despite strong opposition by indsutry trade group Community Associations Institute and at least one member of the Florida Bar, the Legislature in the Sunshine State managed to pass HB 1237 this afternoon. Reference: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/01237/?Tab=BillHistory The bill makes … More FL Legislature passes condo bill including criminal penalties

HOA legislation updates -March 2017 (MD, UT, CA )

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Maryland More powers for condo boards? SB 529 would grant additional power to condominium boards (councils) to amend Bylaws to allow common element restrictions for owners delinquent in payment of assessments. The Bylaw amendments would be voted on by a majority of board members, without any input from unit … More HOA legislation updates -March 2017 (MD, UT, CA )

Florida condo bills address Grand Jury report and condo terminations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In Florida, more than a dozen bills related to Association Governed Communities have been submitted for consideration this Legislative session. I highlighted a few of them in an earlier blog.  But on the heels of the recent Miami-Dade Grand Jury report, blasting the Department of Business and Professional Regulation … More Florida condo bills address Grand Jury report and condo terminations

Do Missouri’s latest HOA bills really protect homeowner rights?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of Missouri’s latest bills affecting homes associations, SB 398, has been dubbed by State Senator Gary Romine (R)  as the Missouri Homeowners’ Bill of Rights.  Ironically, the title of SB 398 serves as a stunning admission by Community Associations Institute (CAI), a trade group that strongly supports the … More Do Missouri’s latest HOA bills really protect homeowner rights?

Maryland bill seeks to remove developer money from local politics

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As the saying goes, all politics is local. Citizens of Baltimore County, Maryland, are supporting a bi-partisan proposal, sponsored by a two State Senators, to ban developer campaign contributions to County Council members. And at recent County meeting, most testimony has been in favor of the bill. The goal … More Maryland bill seeks to remove developer money from local politics

AZ HOA bills address foreclosure, voting, conflicts of interest and more

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Legislative season is in full gear across the U.S. And while some state advocate groups are proposing omnibus bills – bills that address multiple amendments to current HOA, condo or cooperative association statute – one Arizona homeowner advocacy group is taking a different approach. Arizona Homeowners Coalition is working … More AZ HOA bills address foreclosure, voting, conflicts of interest and more

New Mexico Senator proposes more oversight of homeowner associations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent Americaan Communities   In New Mexico, Democratic Senator Mimi Stewart has introduced legislation to amend the Homeowners Association Act. The original draft of SB 244 makes several additions to existing statute. Defines conflict of interest and adds provisions requiring disclosure of potential conflicts involving board members and community managers. For example, … More New Mexico Senator proposes more oversight of homeowner associations