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 …

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

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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 But that requirement was set to be repealed as of July 1, 2018.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 …

HOA, condo, co-op litigation and case law news (Aug./Sept. 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Highlights of court rulings on legal disputes between association-governed communities and their members or third parties.  This South Carolina case should serve as a home buyer beware warning. When you buy into a golf community, or any other amenity-rich community, subject to Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions that require club …

Important California HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (Sept. 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated September 6, 2018 7:22 PM The 2018 legislation session ended with some good, and some not so good new laws for Californians residing in common interest developments. The following 4 bills are currently enrolled, awaiting approval of Governor Jerry Brown. AB 2912 passed with near unanimous support from …

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 …

CA: homeowners must pay $2,600 to fix neglected balconies

If they can’t pay, Louis Park Estates Condo Association owners could lose their homes to foreclosure by By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Another week, another report of condo owners facing thousands of dollars in urgently needed repairs. Louis Park Condominiums in Stockton, California, is a 200-home common interest community of modestly-priced units constructed in the …

Defendant asks IL Supreme Court to reverse Appellate Court Opinion in condo Free Speech case

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Boucher v 111 E Chestnut Ruling was filed June 14, 2018.  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The attorney for defendants in Michael Boucher v. 111 E. Chestnut Condominium Association has filed an appeal to Illinois Supreme Court, asking for a reversal of the Appellate Court Opinion in favor of the Plaintiff. In case you …

Despite 50-year anniversary of 1968 Fair Housing Act, discrimination plagues HOAs, retirement communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month, IAC shares four new reports of housing discrimination involving a variety of privately-governed communities. FL Attorney General takes on condo association in Fair Housing discrimination lawsuit It’s rare to see an Attorney General investigate complaints involving association-governed communities. But in this case, Pam Bondi ended up with the …

The dreaded condo HOA special assessment (FL)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities If you own a condominium that is at least 25 to 30 years old, it probably requires some major renovation. Typically, after about three decades of normal wear and tear, a housing complex will need a one of more of the following: a new roof, replacement of windows or …