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

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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

PA Act 84 legislation regulates homeowners not HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Quietly, and with little fanfare, Pennsylvania Legislature enacted new legislation, PA ACT 84, which becomes effective Dec 2018. The amended laws will regulate homeowners, not their HOAs. On October 19, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf approved HB 1499. The bill is now officially recorded as PA Act 84, amendments to Chapter 68, Real and Personal Property. This post highlights important changes affecting homeowners in common interest communities in Pennsylvania. The following highlighted Continue ReadingPA Act 84 legislation regulates homeowners not HOAs

New PA legislation regulates homeowners not HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Quietly, and with little fanfare, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed several important amendments. New laws regulate homeowners, rather than their homeowners’ associations (HOAs). On October 19, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf approved HB 1499. The bill is now officially recorded as Act 84, amendments to Chapter 68, Real and Personal Property. This post highlights important changes affecting homeowners in common interest communities in Pennsylvania. The following highlighted amendment provisions apply to all types Continue ReadingNew PA legislation regulates homeowners not HOAs