HOA, Condo, Co-op legislative updates across the U.S. (June 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California In preparation for its next drought, California has moved in the direction of mandating water conservation through water districts with oversight at the state level. The goal is to reduce indoor water consumption from an average of 90 gallons per day per resident to 55 gallons by 2022. …

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WY: Lawsuit now involves 16 of Casper’s Mesa del Sol homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post highlights Mesa del Sol, Casper, Wyoming. In case you missed the previous post, according to a March 2017 report in the Casper Star-Tribune, dozens of homes in Mesa Del Sol Addition (West Casper) have allegedly been built with shallow foundations upon land sites with unstable and expansive …

Guess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some readers of IAC may be unaware that association-governed communities exist in other countries of the world. Most of them are condominium associations, but may be called by different names such as “strata” or “horizontal properties.” Detached homes in association-governed neighborhoods are called “villas” in many parts of the …

PA press conference for HB595 exposes the bill’s true intent

An Opinion By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities House Rep. Rosemary Brown (R - 189th Legislative District) held a press conference on April 25th, urging Governor Tom Wolf to sign HB595, a bill that, according to Brown, will “assign additional powers to the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection in regard to how …

Investigative journalists confirm abusive nature of HOAs, common interest communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American communities   Nearly eight years ago, when my husband and I purchased and moved into a nearly-new home in a master planned community, we had only a vague understanding of what it means to own and reside in an association-governed common interest community. Like most first-time residents of homeowners, condominium, …

Kansas HOA Consumer Protection bill hits brick wall in the House

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE to a previous post on Kansas HB 2629. Once again, a housing consumer protection bill is defeated following minimal discussion. As usual, opponents of the bill use the same old, tired excuse, as quoted in the Kansas City Star: “I’ve served on one; my wife is serving …

Delaware townhouse developer turns HOA into a rental community, homeowners sue

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post is a real life example of how opportunistic developers use association governance to serve their own profit motives, without any regard to the expectations of homeowners. Some of my readers write to me saying that developers cannot wait to hand over control of the association to …

HOA, Condo, Co-op litigation and case law quarterly highlights (March 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Carl Thompson v. Lamplight Village Homeowners Association, docket number A-14-697688-C. Latest update on Lamplight Village HOA liability for $20 million verdict: Very little information is being released by the HOA to the general public. However, the following letter from attorney Michael W. McKelleb, independent counsel for Lamplight Village …

Kansas bill proposes Consumer Protection for HOA homeowners

Sponsor says HB 2629 would rein in HOA abuse, but management, legal professionals oppose consumer protection regulation   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Updated March 22, 2018 8:15PM   As reported by Judy L. Thomas of Kansas City Star, homeowner Scott Wircenske had grave concerns about the management of his homeowners’ association. In …

HOA, condo, co-op Legislation Highlights (March 2018,Florida)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated April 15, 2018 HB 841 enrolled, signed by governor Legislative history: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00841/?Tab=BillHistory Full text of this lengthy bill can be viewed in the window below: https://cloudup.com/cBImOGsMZPV Several consumer-unfriendly amendments have been made via HB 841: HB 841 clarifies that association board members may communicate by email. However, all …