By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Unbelievable but true: The community association industry trade group, whose members feed off of common interest communities, advises the Delaware State Attorney General on how to “regulate” HOAs. Pardon the cliche, but that’s like the fox watching the henhouse. Seeing is believing, so here are some screenshots to prove my point. Delaware AG’s “Fraud and Consumer Protection” web page is little more than an ad campaign for Community Associations Continue ReadingGuess who advises Delaware AG on HOA regulation?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This update includes brief commentary on amendments to NH Condominium Act, the new SC HOA Act, and the 2020 solar rooftop mandate in California. New Hampshire Three new amenmendments to the Condominium Act: HB 1519 AN ACT relative to the conduct of condominium unit owners’ associations votes without a meeting. In New Hampshire, condominium associations can range in size from 2 units to hundreds of units. Many small Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op legislation highlights (Jan 2019, NH, SC, CA)
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
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 But that requirement was set to be repealed as of July 1, 2018.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 the House, where it was amended with new requirements for licensure qualifications, and also allows for an “apprentice” to a Continue ReadingHOA, condo, coop legislation updates (CO, HI, MD, SC Sept. 2018)