Vietnam Vet wins 20-year flag pole battle with HOA

American flag independence day

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The good news is that a Virginia delegate helped a Vietnam veteran convince his HOA to allow him to put up a flag pole for his American flag. The bad news: it took 20 years to resolve the dispute, and allow an American veteran to assert his rights and display his patriotism. Last Friday, WRIC Channel 8 News (Richmond) reported that Wyndham Homeowners Association finally told Richard Oulton that Continue ReadingVietnam Vet wins 20-year flag pole battle with HOA

California HOA elections bill update (March 2019)

Vote HOA election scrabble

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Center for California Homeowner Association Law (CCHAL) is sponsoring an HOA Elections Bill, SB323, introduced by Senator Bob Wieckowski [D-Fremont]. The bill is based upon a similar HOA voter protection bill proposed last year. Last year, SB1265 was approved by both chambers of California Legislature, only to be vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. Read the text of SB323 SB323 has several key amendments HOA election required every 4 years Most Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA elections bill update (March 2019)

Smoking, marijuana, and your condo HOA

No smoking qit cigarettes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Marijuana legalization in some states has created an even stronger push to make apartment and condo buildings smoke free. Smoke and odor from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes — whether tobacco or marijuana — causes several problems in multifamily housing. Foul odors. Health risks from breathing in second-hand smoke. Smoke stained walls, ceilings, and floor coverings. Ashes and cigarette butts to clean up and dispose of. Increased risk of fire, Continue ReadingSmoking, marijuana, and your condo HOA

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?