Dysfunction in HOA-ville USA (November 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Today’s HOA news roundup highlights a persistent pattern of negligent HOAs and bitter conflict between owner-occupants and investor-owners. Plus, an HOA attorney urges board members to regulate speech on social media. Colorado Why did it take 6 months for this HOA to repair this resident’s kitchen? Sometimes, a little intervention from your local TV investigative reporter gets your HOA to take action. Imagine living with an unusable kitchen Continue ReadingDysfunction in HOA-ville USA (November 2019)

Should condominium HOAs come with a “sell-by” date?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A reader contacted me with a suggested topic for IAC. He posed an intriguing, tongue-in-cheek question: what if condominiums came with a “sell-by date?” Today I share my thoughts on why HOAs tend not to plan for the future.   Q: I’ve got a brainstorm for an article!  And it just might be a kernel for a meaningful push for legislation.  What about a legislatively-mandated “condo sell-by date”? Think Continue ReadingShould condominium HOAs come with a “sell-by” date?

This month’s most notable HOA lawsuits (October 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This month: a fatal construction accident and toxic mold contamination lead to liability lawsuits; conflicts of interest in alleged against a golf resort community; victory for homeowners in HOA lawsuit over holiday lights; court rules HOA can’t stop construction of a nearby group home; $41M award in parking garage defect lawsuit. New Jersey Condo association named in $10M liability lawsuit The family of a construction worker, who was Continue ReadingThis month’s most notable HOA lawsuits (October 2019)

California legislative updates: HOA election reform and more (Oct. 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This year Governor Newsom signed an important HOA Election Reform bill that will change the HOA election process “by ensuring that HOA members are not disenfranchised,” according to Senator Bob Wieckowski [D-Fremont]. The new law makes several changes to the Davis Stirling Act, and applies to all common interest communities in the state of California. For starters, all association-governed communities are now required to hold an election at least Continue ReadingCalifornia legislative updates: HOA election reform and more (Oct. 2019)