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

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 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 Sun Cities Recreation Centers is promoting this bill, for the express purpose of exempting themselves from compliance with Arizona Planned Communities Act. The legislation was drafted after SCRC lost twice in court. Viewpoint Lake homeowners sued SCRC, challenging the association Continue ReadingArizona Legislative updates: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination (March 2019)

Colorado HOA legislation – manager licensing, xeriscape (March 2019)

Xeriscape drought tolerant landscape

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Highlights of two important HOA-governed, common interest community bills in Colorado Legislature: Extension of manager licensing and xeriscaping of limited common elements. HOA property manager licensing law The Legislature is considering an extension of community association manager licensing, which became active in 2013, under the “COLORADO COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT” (CCIOA), ARTICLE 33.3 OF TITLE 38. As previously explained here on IAC, July 2018 was the start of a Continue ReadingColorado HOA legislation – manager licensing, xeriscape (March 2019)

Florida HOA legislation update (March 2019)

Jail-cell-prison-bars

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)

MD HOA legislation would change homeowner property rights (March 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Highlights of important bills (2019 session) affecting the rights of owners of property in homeowners and condominium associations in Maryland. Strengthening the right of condominium council of unit owners to sue developer Cross-filed bills would void certain language inserted in Declarations and Bylaws by developers, which have the effect of preventing lawsuits against the developer for breach of implied warranties. The bill applies to condominium associations only. In Maryland, Continue ReadingMD HOA legislation would change homeowner property rights (March 2019)