HOA, condo, co-op legislation highlights (Jan 2019, NH, SC, CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This update includes brief commentary on amendments to NH Condominium Act, the new SC HOA Act, and the 2020 solar rooftop mandate in California.   New Hampshire Three new amenmendments to the Condominium Act: HB 1519 AN ACT relative to the conduct of condominium unit owners’ associations votes without a meeting. In New Hampshire, condominium associations can range in size from 2 units to hundreds of units. Many small Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op legislation highlights (Jan 2019, NH, SC, CA)

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HOA Issue #6: It’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In legislative sessions across the U.S., states consider bills intended to rein in abuse and corruption of a virtually unregulated HOA, condo industry. As explained in a previous post Recipe for HOA abuse: too much power, no accountability, across the nation, housing consumers are fed up with HOA bully boards, often driven by predatory management agents and community association attorneys, all under the guise of “protecting property values.” In Continue ReadingHOA Issue #6: It’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

HOA Issue #10: Homeowners testify in opposition to UCIOA bill in Washington State

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What can be done about dysfunctional association-governed, common interest communities? A volunteer legal committee of the Washington Bar Association has been working to answer that question for more than a decade. They’ve arranged numerous meetings with stakeholders such as developers, home builders, and lenders to hammer out fundamental policy disagreements. But, until now, state Legislators have not heard from actual consumers — homeowners and residents of condominium, cooperative, and Continue ReadingHOA Issue #10: Homeowners testify in opposition to UCIOA bill in Washington State

HOA Issue #11: Political influence of real estate developers: the heart of the HOA beast

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Real estate developers figured out a long time ago how to exert political influence over government officials and housing policy makers, from the local to the federal levels. For the past three years, IAC has provided more than 1,000 posts citing thousands of references to prove a point: The U.S. housing market is not determined by public need or consumer demand, but instead is heavily influenced by interested Continue ReadingHOA Issue #11: Political influence of real estate developers: the heart of the HOA beast