HOA, condo, co-op litigation and case law highlights (May 2018)

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of interesting and important case law from around the U.S. New rulings affecting HOA Collections, foreclosure liens, and rules enforcement in several states across the U.S. MARYLAND’S HIGHEST COURT HOLDS THAT CONDOS MAY NOT BY RULE SUSPEND A UNIT OWNER’S ACCESS TO COMMON ELEMENTS FOR DELINQUENT ASSESSMENTS Posts by Raymond D. Burke, June 27, 2017 The Maryland Court of Appeals has invalidated a rule adopted by a condominium Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op litigation and case law highlights (May 2018)

How much authority is appropriate for private police officers & the communities they serve?

Suspended police officer sentenced to prison for harassing neighbor in his NC HOA   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It is becoming fairly common for homeowner, condo, and cooperative associations to employ or contract with private security services. Sometimes the association chooses active or retired police officers to serve that role. In North Carolina, the lines between public and private police agencies is blurred by the establishment of private agencies such as the Nova Continue ReadingHow much authority is appropriate for private police officers & the communities they serve?

FL HOA rejects “single family” occupancy amendment to CCRs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A Florida HOA board recently made an attempt to create an HOA restriction for “single family occupancy” of homes. What’s noteworthy about this report is that, in this case, the “single family occupancy” restriction does not exist in the original governing documents, therefore the HOA had to obtain a supermajority vote of approval to add the restriction. Homeowner votes were split half and half, so the restriction was rejected. Continue ReadingFL HOA rejects “single family” occupancy amendment to CCRs