New Jersey HOA, condo law will impact assessment liens, priority, & homeowner rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The New Jersey Legislature recently passed important amendments to condominium and homeowners association lien priority law. If signed by Governor Murphy, condo associations will gain greater access to past due assessments, and HOAs in planned communities will be able to claim priority lien status for the first time. Cooperative associations will not be subject to priority lien status. Read Assembly Bill A5002. (Senate Bill S3414 merged with A5002)   Continue ReadingNew Jersey HOA, condo law will impact assessment liens, priority, & homeowner rights

Indiana: HOA mandatory mediation bill tacked onto solar energy bill

HOA conflict fight

On April 5th, I posted an article about Indiana HB 1138, which proposes that, if either an HOA or a homeowner requests mediation, the other party is mandated to submit to mediation before either party can file a lawsuit in civil court. Meanwhile, later that day, the Senate Judiciary Committee posted an amended version of HB 1331, a bill drafted to address HOA restrictions on solar energy systems. Dubbed the solar energy bill, HB 1331 now Continue ReadingIndiana: HOA mandatory mediation bill tacked onto solar energy bill

Arizona Legislative updates: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination (March 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated March 23, 2019 A summary of several bills impacting HOA-governed communities, and closely tracked by the Arizona Homeowners Coalition (AZHOC). Subjects: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination HB-2374 Planned Communities; applicability; recreation center *UPDATE: Good news for homeowners! According to Dennis Legere of  AZHOC, HB-2374 is not on the Senate Government Committee agenda for this week. The bill is effectively dead for this legislative session. A bill summary Continue ReadingArizona Legislative updates: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination (March 2019)

Will AZ Senate amend HOA foreclosure bill as promised?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few weeks ago, in Part 1 of the February legislative updates, I told you about a controversial foreclosure bill sponsored by Arizona Senator David Farnsworth. As currently drafted, homeowner rights advocates agree: homeowners with past due HOA assessments, on payment plans the HOA, would end up paying collection attorneys fees first, ahead of their HOAs. SB 1531, was originally proposed by AACM, Arizona Association of Community Managers. It Continue ReadingWill AZ Senate amend HOA foreclosure bill as promised?