Arizona & Nevada HOA legislative updates (October 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Arizona enacts three new laws affecting rights of homeowners, for better or for worse. Nevada makes it illegal for HOAs to prohibit a homeowner from keeping a pet. Read on for details. Arizona This year, Arizona Homeowners Coalition (AZHOC) followed eight bills affecting homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. Three of those bills are now state law. While AZHOC did not introduce any of these bills, the organization did Continue ReadingArizona & Nevada HOA legislative updates (October 2019)

HOA-ville news roundup (October 15, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com In this update: Floridian condo residents deal with water damage and mold; Veteran settles flagpole dispute with HOA; homeowners grapple with local government over stormwater management; Canadian woman with disabilities fights battle for automatic doors for her condo building. Leaky Florida condos – 2 condo horror stories Condominium buildings are notorious for their vulnerabilities to water intrusion from various causes. Here are two notable examples, all of them Continue ReadingHOA-ville news roundup (October 15, 2019)

Update on Chicago condo owners’ free speech lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com   In May 2019, an attorney representing a Chicago Condominium Association hinted about her client’s intent to file an appeal with Illinois Supreme Court, hoping to reverse the First District Appellate Court’s ruling in favor of free speech rights of a condo owner. Early this summer, Diane Silverberg (Kovtiz, Shifrin, and Nesbit) filed a Leave to Appeal of the decision in the Illinois Appellate Court of the First District, Continue ReadingUpdate on Chicago condo owners’ free speech lawsuit

Attorneys say HOAs entitled to undermine Constitutional rights

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com   In spite of recent state Supreme Court decisions in their favor, homeowners and residents in HOA-governed communities face an uphill battle for their Constitutional rights. That battle has been brewing since the 1970s. At that time, federal housing agencies threw their financial support behind deed-restricted common interest communities (commonly known as homeowners associations). But the fight for community association residents’ rights became more fierce over the years. Continue ReadingAttorneys say HOAs entitled to undermine Constitutional rights