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)

Arizona & Nevada HOA legislative updates (October 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Arizona enacts three new laws affecting rights of homeowners, for better or for worse. Nevada makes it illegal for HOAs to prohibit a homeowner from keeping a pet. Read on for details. Arizona This year, Arizona Homeowners Coalition (AZHOC) followed eight bills affecting homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. Three of those bills are now state law. While AZHOC did not introduce any of these bills, the organization did Continue ReadingArizona & Nevada HOA legislative updates (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 It took two years, but this week, 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 Continue ReadingCalifornia legislative updates: HOA election reform and more (Oct. 2019)

City Councilman objects to his own developer-controlled HOA

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Today’s post reveals another reason for the waning popularity of HOA-governed communities: Local politicians now have their very own HOA-horror stories to tell. After decades of local governments blessing or mandating HOA-governed common interest communities, it was just a matter of time before the politicians got caught in the snares of their own dysfunctional communities. Owners have no say in Lake Forest HOA Hebron, Ohio city councilman Wayne Continue ReadingCity Councilman objects to his own developer-controlled HOA