California HOA Legislation: fair elections and management accountability (April 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowner advocate alert: three California HOA bills to be debated in Legislative committees. SB434 and SB754 will be heard for the first time today at the Capitol. A second hearing on both bills, plus SB323 is scheduled for April 30th. If you live in California, now is your chance to let your lawmakers hear from you. SB323 HOA elections This homeowner-friendly bill is sponsored by Center for California Homeowner Association Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA Legislation: fair elections and management accountability (April 2019)

Dissolving an HOA – is it possible?

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What happens when a homeowners’ association no longer serves its intended purpose? Can it still collect annual assessments? Homeowners of Inwood Forest Village, located in Acres Homes subdivision outside of Houston, recently discovered that their homeowners’ association has been “administratively dissolved” as of 2007. But what does that mean? Apparently, the HOA allowed its corporate registration to expire. According to homeowners interviewed by KHOU,  the last HOA meeting Continue ReadingDissolving an HOA – is it possible?

Virginia HOA, condo, co-op legislation – transparency and property rights (April 2019)

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to several new state laws, Virginia HOAs and condominium associations will be required to provide greater transparency to homeowners and homebuyers. Developers must also make POAs aware of all common stormwater facilities. And CC&Rs and can prohibit home based child care businesses. No more special assessment surprises Virginia already boasts one of the country’s more stringent home buyer disclosure packets from sellers of HOA-governed property, including a Continue ReadingVirginia HOA, condo, co-op legislation – transparency and property rights (April 2019)

Local media, neighbors help homeowners in violation of HOA, City codes

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  By Deborah Goonan,  Independent American Communities More good news this week, and updates on some earlier posts on IAC. The following three updates remind readers that going public about code violations from your City or HOA often leads to solutions.   Condo residents finally have fire safe building, developer replacing fire alarm system (MO) Last month, as reported on three local television stations, condo residents were taking turns on overnight fire watch, while waiting for Continue ReadingLocal media, neighbors help homeowners in violation of HOA, City codes