What the heck is an HOA?

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By Deborah Goonan,  Independent American  Communities Today, let’s have a bit of fun with a game of  “what the heck is it?” Check out the video and references below, and try to figure out what your HOA is: a business or a government. And if it’s a government, what kind is it? Which form of government does your HOA most resemble? Let’s see. HOAs, particularly cooperatives and condominiums, limit ownership of private property. And they Continue ReadingWhat the heck is an HOA?

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HOA, condo & co-op legislation report (Feb 2019-Part 2)

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Arizona Highlights of new and pending state legislation as of Feb. 2019, featuring Arizona, California, Idaho, and South Carolina. HOA would get paid last with new priority of payment proposal SB 1531 is a bill proposed by Arizona HOA trade group attorneys, sponsored by Senator David Farnsworth. It would change the priority of payment terms for both condominium and planned communities, to the advantage of HOA management companies, attorneys, and collection firms. Currently, Arizona statute Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op legislation report (Feb 2019-Part 2)

HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Jan 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Long list of HOA theft and embezzlement in this month’s roundup, as well as attorney misconduct. The industry can no longer claim “isolated incidents.” Former manager accused of taking more than $100,000 from Lincoln Village area HOA By Wes Bowers Record Staff Writer Posted Jan 25, 2019 at 5:18 PM Updated Jan 25, 2019 at 5:18 PM STOCKTON — The former manager of a Lincoln Village area homeowners association Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Jan 2019)

Good government leaders could end double taxation of HOA property owners

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few days ago, I explained, by example, the outrageous reason that local governments mandate homeowners’ associations for all new residential development: double taxation. For decades, most government leaders bought into the misguided notion that they could privatize public services by shifting responsibility to HOAs. Under the guise of saving money and keeping property taxes low, city and county governments created the ultimate bait and switch scheme. But in the Continue ReadingGood government leaders could end double taxation of HOA property owners