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?

Condominium HOA dysfunction roundup (October 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This month: U.S. and Canadian condo owners embroiled in litigation with developers; several condo complexes (still) plagued by defects and shoddy construction; another run-down, unsafe condo complex in the Sunshine State; un-permitted Vancouver condo renovation causes problems for neighboring unit owners. Missouri Owners can’t sell condos with temporary occupancy permits Readers might recall my previous IAC post: Kansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, Continue ReadingCondominium HOA dysfunction roundup (October 2019)

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)