HOA, condo, & coop corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Oct. 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA corruption and fraud takes many forms. This month’s roundup features several elaborate schemes, and plenty of dirty tricks. Authorities: Foreclosure lawyer Mark Stopa made nearly $5 million off clients’ homes Susan Taylor Martin, Tampa Bay Times Published: September 28, 2018 Updated: September 29, 2018 at 10:09 PM During the foreclosure crisis, thousands of Floridians turned to Mark Stopa for help in saving their homes. The 41-year-old St. Petersburg Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & coop corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Oct. 2018)

Marina owner’s lawsuit against HOA disputes access to community pool

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Did you know that condominium associations are not just for apartment-style homes and townhouses? The condominium governance structure is also used for non-residential property such as storage units, garages, and boat slips in a marina. For example, Half Moon Bay in Croton-on-Hudson (NY) is a common interest community with an HOA that represents 3 residential condominium associations and one “dockominium” — a condo association for owners of boat Continue ReadingMarina owner’s lawsuit against HOA disputes access to community pool

HOA, condo owners often pay for deferred maintenance of previous owners

Now or later sign delay Deferred maintenance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I wrote about several recently enrolled bills in California, that directly affect owners of property in association-governed communities. One of those bills, SB 721, was originally intended to apply to condominiums, but was ultimately amended by Legislators to apply only to owners of apartment home communities. SB 721 began as comprehensive legislation that would have required owners and landlords of multifamily buildings, including condominium associations, to conduct regular inspections Continue ReadingHOA, condo owners often pay for deferred maintenance of previous owners

HOA, Condo, Co-op legislative updates across the U.S. (June 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California In preparation for its next drought, California has moved in the direction of mandating water conservation through water districts with oversight at the state level. The goal is to reduce indoor water consumption from an average of 90 gallons per day per resident to 55 gallons by 2022. The state will set new standards for outdoor water consumption by 2021. State regulatory agencies are authorized to fine water Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op legislative updates across the U.S. (June 2018)