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

California HOA election bills await Governor’s signature

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Updated Sept. 24, 2019   It’s been 5 months since IAC posted an update on two hotly-debated common interest community HOA election bills. After months of vigorous attempts by trade group lobbyists to defeat it, SB 323 has passed both chambers of the California Legislature. However, the HOA-industry’s favored election bill, SB 754, also awaits Governor Newsom’s signature by Oct. 13, 2019. Here’s a summary of both bills. Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA election bills await Governor’s signature

No word on what caused hole beneath Henrico County condo

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com   A few weeks ago, a mysterious sinkhole opened up under the home of a family living at Westshire on Parham Condo, near Richmond, VA. Homeowners Alesia and Derek Williams, and their 12-year-old daughter, had to leave their home shortly after Henrico County deemed the building unsafe. The family stayed in a hotel for about a week. During that time, the HOA hired contractors to prop up the Continue ReadingNo word on what caused hole beneath Henrico County condo