Florida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation updates (April 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Florida Legislature is considering several HOA, condo, and co-op bills that may impact your property rights, as well as housing consumer protections. Several bills would guarantee your Constitutional right to lease your property, for short- or long-term rentals There’s a huge battle brewing in the Sunshine state between owner-occupants and owners — primarily investors — who rent their property. Some full-time and seasonal residents complain about vacation rentals Continue ReadingFlorida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation updates (April 2019)

Do housing consumers benefit from integrated Condo HOA management?

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   During the past several years, I’ve noticed several changes in the homeowners’ association management industry. In my opinion, some of these changes do not benefit homeowners. First, large management companies continue to buy up smaller management businesses, decreasing competition. That’s been happening for years. But, more notably, the larger HOA management firms keep adding extra services — and revenue streams — to their business models. HOA, condo Continue ReadingDo housing consumers benefit from integrated Condo HOA management?

Florida HOA legislation update (March 2019)

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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)

Laredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Indepdent American Communities Five homeowners in a Laredo, Texas, gated community are suing the developer and his family members, who continue to control boards of directors for two homeowners associations governing the planned common interest community since 1992. Attorney Doanh “Zone” T. Nguyen, Lopez Peterson, PLLC, of Laredo, filed the lawsuit in Webb County on behalf of the homeowners last week. In their third amended complaint, homeowners Guillermo Castro Jr., Petra Castro, Continue ReadingLaredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs