Florida HOA legislation update (March 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Big news in Florida in the fight for justice for condo owners. Representative Javier Fernandez (D) has introduced HB1259, dubbed by its supporters as the #LockThemUp Bill. HB1259 would put some serious teeth into enforcement of Condominium Act (718). Proposed amendments would create criminal penalties for certain intentional acts and omissions of condo boards. Conflicts of interest, kickbacks Board members subject to criminal penalty for accepting kickbacks: Any such officer, director, or manager who Continue ReadingFlorida HOA legislation update (March 2019)

Laredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Indepdent American Communities Five homeowners in a Laredo, Texas, gated community are suing the developer and his family members, who continue to control boards of directors for two homeowners associations governing the planned common interest community since 1992. Attorney Doanh “Zone” T. Nguyen, Lopez Peterson, PLLC, of Laredo, filed the lawsuit in Webb County on behalf of the homeowners last week. In their third amended complaint, homeowners Guillermo Castro Jr., Petra Castro, Continue ReadingLaredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

HOA, condo, & coop corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Oct. 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA corruption and fraud takes many forms. This month’s roundup features several elaborate schemes, and plenty of dirty tricks. Authorities: Foreclosure lawyer Mark Stopa made nearly $5 million off clients’ homes Susan Taylor Martin, Tampa Bay Times Published: September 28, 2018 Updated: September 29, 2018 at 10:09 PM During the foreclosure crisis, thousands of Floridians turned to Mark Stopa for help in saving their homes. The 41-year-old St. Petersburg Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & coop corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Oct. 2018)

Marina owner’s lawsuit against HOA disputes access to community pool

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Did you know that condominium associations are not just for apartment-style homes and townhouses? The condominium governance structure is also used for non-residential property such as storage units, garages, and boat slips in a marina. For example, Half Moon Bay in Croton-on-Hudson (NY) is a common interest community with an HOA that represents 3 residential condominium associations and one “dockominium” — a condo association for owners of boat Continue ReadingMarina owner’s lawsuit against HOA disputes access to community pool