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, …

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 …

Exposing corruption in the affordable housing industry

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do governments and private individuals spend affordable housing taxpayer dollars wisely? Critics say the industry is plagued by fraud and corruption. What exactly is “affordable housing?” How many times have you heard the industry claim that it’s essential to build condominiums in order to provide more affordable housing? Multiple meanings …

HOA, condo & co-op case law, litigation highlights (October 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities October 2018 highlights: some state laws won’t apply to your HOA; Associations hiring Private Eyes to collect delinquent dues; owners can’t sue the HOA attorney; California coastal access rights protected; updates to CA law with regard to construction defect lawsuits. Some Florida statutes not retroactive Depending on how their …

CAI-CLAC unfriendly to homeowners — here’s proof (CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s post offers more proof that Community Associations Institute, California Legislative Action Committee — CAI-CLAC  is unfriendly to homeowners. If anyone reading this post still believes that CAI represents the interests of more than 60 million homeowners from association-governed communities in the U.S., today’s post should definitely change your mind. At …

Missouri HOAs can no longer ban political signs

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Take note residents of Missouri: Just in time for midterm elections, the state has a new law that makes it illegal for your homeowners’ association to ban political signs from your yard. House Bill 1887 was passed by the General Assembly and signed by former Governor Eric Greitens on …

Could Prop 13 ‘split roll’ encourage new non-HOA development?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities CA voters may consider Prop 13 'split roll' tax increase in 2020 In 1978, California's voters passed Proposition 13, a ballot measure that has significantly limited property tax increases ever since. Under Prop 13, a property owner's tax assessment is limited to one percent of a property's taxable value …

Can your HOA end neighbor on neighbor housing discrimination?

50th anniversary fair housing HUD poster

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As explained in a previous post, in 2016, HUD published a rule that clarified that association-governed boards and their managing agents have legal duty to prevent housing discrimination in their communities. Some industry leaders, including members of trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI), expressed strong disapproval of the Quid …

Will Texas Property Code stop HOA from taking down political campaign signs?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities With the midterm election season upon us, Texans who reside in private communities need to be reminded that, according to state law, a homeowners’ association (HOA) cannot prohibit the display of political campaign signs on their property. Or can they? Read on to find out. Beaumont residents turn to …

CA Gov. Brown vetoes HOA election reform bills

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few weeks ago, IAC updated readers on four bills approved the by California Legislature. In that September 6th, post, I wrote, with regard to two bills, namely SB 1265 and SB 1128: The vigorous debate of these two bills, and substantial amendments in the Legislature, resulted in some …