HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (CO, HI, MD, SC Sept. 2018)

Sunset behind mountains

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Colorado HB18-1175 Colorado statute has required licensure for Community Association Managers since July 1, 2015. But that requirement was set to be repealed as of July 1, 2018. This Legislative session, HB18-1175 was introduced to extend manager licensing for another 5 years, until 2023. The bill was considered in …

It’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Legislative sessions are winding down across the U.S. And some states, once again, considered bills that are intended to rein in abuse and corruption of a virtually unregulated industry: association-governed, common interest communities, more commonly known as homeowners’ associations or HOAs. As explained in a previous post Recipe for …

New Yorkers attempt to convert HOA to condo association to save money on property taxes

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners file lawsuit, claiming HOA to condo conversion attempt thwarted by AG An unusual battle over property taxes is brewing in the state of New York. According to two recent reports (see references below), New Yorks state law sets the assessed value of a condominium based upon it’s potential rental …

FL DBPR investigating one of its former condo regulators

Legal gavel lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Edited August 19, 2018 6:53 AM  Reports of corruption involving condo and homeowners’ associations have become so common, I usually group several articles in a monthly “roundup” post. But today’s post involves corruption so outrageous, it needs to be highlighted. According to an exclusive investigative report by Bob Norman, …

HOA, condo & co-op Golf community updates (Aug. 2018)

Golf-course-fairway-player

by Deborah Goonan, Indepedent American Communities This month, we start with Crickentree, in Blythewood, South Carolina. There, a golf course is going into bankruptcy. The investment firm that holds the loan proposes redeveloping the failed golf course as a new subdivision with 450 homes.  Homeowners surrounding the golf course are not happy. They say that …

It’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Legislative sessions are in full swing across the U.S. And some states are, once again, considering bills that are intended to rein in abuse and corruption of a virtually unregulated industry: association-governed, common interest communities, more commonly known as homeowners’ associations or HOAs. As explained in a previous …

SF Shipyard residents concerned that toxic soil may lurk beneath their condos

Class action lawsuit filed against Tetra Tech, for falsifying records during environmental clean up assignment Plaintiffs claim asthma, cancer, and other serious health issues due to long-term exposure Current residents demand retesting for radioactive toxins By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How far would real estate developers, some city officials, and the U.S. Navy go …

Why “baby steps” & weak HOA regulation are not “better than nothing”

PA Governor signs HB 595, creating limited AG oversight of association governed communities, subject to conditions By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post is a response to reader comments I have received regarding recently enacted Pennsylvania House Bill 595. As explained in several previous posts, the legislation provides weak Attorney General oversight of …

FL Developer ordered to turn over control of HOA to homeowners

Benderson Development Company has controlled Kings Gate HOA for nearly 20 years.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) recently ruled that the developer of Kings Gate subdivision, Victoria Estates Ltd. (Declarant), must hand off control of the homeowners' association to members. Victoria Estates Limited is …

NY Condo board bully ousted, Hitler and Mussolini decor removed from lobby

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When a regulatory agency does its job, justice is served. Readers may recall previous reports of abuse at a Sunnyside, Queens condominium. Residents complained that their property manager, Neal Milano, had transformed the lobby into a display of Nazi imagery. Residents said Milano and some members of the …