Florida HOA legislation update (March 2019)

Jail-cell-prison-bars

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Big news in Florida in the fight for justice for condo owners. Representative Javier Fernandez (D) has introduced HB1259, dubbed by its supporters as the #LockThemUp Bill. HB1259 would put some serious teeth into enforcement of Condominium Act (718). Proposed amendments would create criminal penalties for certain intentional acts and omissions of condo boards. Conflicts of interest, kickbacks Board members subject to criminal penalty for accepting kickbacks: Any such officer, director, or manager who Continue ReadingFlorida HOA legislation update (March 2019)

MD HOA legislation would change homeowner property rights (March 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Highlights of important bills (2019 session) affecting the rights of owners of property in homeowners and condominium associations in Maryland. Strengthening the right of condominium council of unit owners to sue developer Cross-filed bills would void certain language inserted in Declarations and Bylaws by developers, which have the effect of preventing lawsuits against the developer for breach of implied warranties. The bill applies to condominium associations only. In Maryland, Continue ReadingMD HOA legislation would change homeowner property rights (March 2019)

California HOA elections bill update (March 2019)

Vote HOA election scrabble

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Center for California Homeowner Association Law (CCHAL) is sponsoring an HOA Elections Bill, SB323, introduced by Senator Bob Wieckowski [D-Fremont]. The bill is based upon a similar HOA voter protection bill proposed last year. Last year, SB1265 was approved by both chambers of California Legislature, only to be vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. Read the text of SB323 SB323 has several key amendments HOA election required every 4 years Most Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA elections bill update (March 2019)

Kansas HOA special assessment conflict turns ugly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Few homeowners know what to expect when they buy into a planned community governed by a homeowners association. After all, home builders and real estate agents sell buyers on modern, attractive features of the home, pristine-looking landscapes, and neighborhood bling. You know, the sparkling community swimming pool, peaceful-looking nature trails, recreation centers, club houses, and, in some cases, dozens of planned social activities. Sales agents avoid serious talk about Continue ReadingKansas HOA special assessment conflict turns ugly