Florida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation update (May 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several controversial HOA, condo, and co-op bills considered this year. Almost none of them passed the House and Senate in Florida’s legislative session — with one exception. Several bills gained momentum, generated much debate, and generated several committee and floor amendments. But, in the end the Legislature could not agree on any of the following issues: strengthening enforcement of the Condominium Act Preventing false certifications for emotional support animals Continue ReadingFlorida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation update (May 2019)

10 reasons first-time homebuyers should avoid the HOA, condo, or co-op

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The real estate market is going strong. And the HOA-industry is going out of its way to woo first-time homebuyers, especially millennials. But before you write that deposit check, and sign the mortgage papers, and agree to live under HOA rule, review this ten-point buyer beware checklist. Here are the top ten reasons to avoid HOA, condo, and co-op homes in planned, mixed-use, and common interest communities.   Continue Reading10 reasons first-time homebuyers should avoid the HOA, condo, or co-op

Condo HOA lawyer says her client may continue fight against free speech

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some militant HOA-industry attorneys never cease to amaze. Take, for example, recent public statements made by Attorney Diane Silverberg, of Illinois condo association law firm, Kovitz, Shifrin, & Nesbit. According to Silverberg, and in contradiction to a recent Illinois Appellate ruling against her client, 111 East Chestnut Condominium Association, condo owners should not be entitled to free speech rights to criticize their condo board or management agent. As quoted Continue ReadingCondo HOA lawyer says her client may continue fight against free speech

HOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (April/May 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Spring highlights: Fair Housing Act violations, important HOA priority lien opinions, reversal of an Idaho jury decision, and more proof that HOAs and developers must abide by their own governing documents.   HOA, CC&Rs cannot banish Adult Foster Care home from community Unpublished opinion, State of Michigan Court of Appeals Appellate Court rules that Michigan HOAs cannot use deed restrictions on use of property to exclude certain Adult Group Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (April/May 2019)