States enact new laws regulating short-term vacation rentals (AZ, MA, WA – 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities City and town governments have been regulating short-term and vacation rentals for several years, especially with the growing popularity of online rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and others. The battle over short-term rentals is controversial, often pitting neighborhood residents against owners and investors who earn substantial profit sharing their home. Local regulation typically results in inconsistent, piecemeal regulations from town to town. Not wanting to miss out Continue ReadingStates enact new laws regulating short-term vacation rentals (AZ, MA, WA – 2019)

Texas kids free to sell lemonade & their HOA can’t stop them

Lemonade in glasses with straws

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED JUNE 12, 2019 Texas lemonade stand law applies to homeowners’ associations, too “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It’s a familiar adage parents and grandparents use to teach children to make the best of a bad situation. So why not whip up a batch of lemonade, and sell some to the neighbors? No can do? You say your City government and your HOA won’t allow it? Well, Continue ReadingTexas kids free to sell lemonade & their HOA can’t stop them

Arizona HOA, condo, co-op legislation update (End of session 2019)

Property does not have rights People do

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities End of session summary of several bills impacting HOA-governed communities, tracked by Arizona Homeowners Coalition (AZHOC). Subjects: Applicability of Planned Community Act, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination. A mixed bag for homeowner rights in Arizona’s association —governed common interest communities. Click on “continue reading” below for updates. Arizona Legislative updates: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination (2019)

30 years later, HOA brings back street parking ban

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A buyer should always read and review the Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions, (CC&Rs), plus additional rules and regulations, before closing on the sale of a home in an HOA-governed community. If you don’t think you can live with the CC&Rs and written standards, then you’re better off walking away from a sale agreement. But what if you can see that the HOA does not enforce certain rules? And Continue Reading30 years later, HOA brings back street parking ban