Could state law override single-family zoning in California?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A highly controversial affordable housing legislative proposal, SB 50, is making waves in California. This week, the legislation introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) cleared its first Senate committee, with some amendments. If the hotly debated legislation passes both houses and gets Governor Newsome’s approval, SB 50 could increase property rights and remove local control of cities and counties. According to an LA Times report, several provisions of SB Continue ReadingCould state law override single-family zoning in California?

CT condo homeowners plead for help with their crumbling foundations

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For the past three years, I’ve been following the crisis of crumbling concrete foundations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Debra MacCoy of Vernon, CT, and several other condo owners recently contacted me, and shared important details about the dilemmas and special challenges they face, as owners of condos and homes in common interest communities. The problem — defective concrete leads to crumbling foundations Dozens of towns in Connecticut and Continue ReadingCT condo homeowners plead for help with their crumbling foundations

How your HOA can kill your home-based child care business

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Last week I posted a legislative update of new HOA, condo, and co-op statutes in Virginia. One of those bills H1853, recently enacted amended the home-based business provisions related to association-governed, deed restricted communities. Today I’ll clarify my previously stated opinion, and explain why I doubt that newly enacted amendments will effectively prevent HOAs from shutting down in-home child day care services.   Overview of H1853 (2019) Here’s Continue ReadingHow your HOA can kill your home-based child care business

California HOA Legislation: fair elections and management accountability (April 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowner advocate alert: three California HOA bills to be debated in Legislative committees. SB434 and SB754 were heard in committee for the first time this week at the Capitol. Now both are set for a second hearing, along with SB323 at 1:30 PM on April 30th. If you live in California, now is your chance to let your lawmakers hear from you. SB323 HOA elections This homeowner-friendly bill is Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA Legislation: fair elections and management accountability (April 2019)