City of Chicago seeks to undo state law pertaining to records requests made by condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesNow here is a prime example of the uphill battle of enacting and maintaining consumer-friendly legislative reform of association-governed common interest communities. In 2017, Illinois enacted Act 100-0292, a small but important positive step for housing consumers. The state law requires association-governed communities to provide, upon member request, a list of …

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AZ Legislator withdraws HOA foreclosure bill

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE: It appears that a public awareness campaign and significant media coverage has prompted Arizona Senator John Kavanagh to withdraw SB1080, the bill that would have made it even easier for an HOA to foreclose. If you missed the orginal post explaining SB1080, it’s reposted below. State senator …

AZ Legislator wants to make it easier for HOAs to foreclose

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In 2017, I posted an article highlighting The Arizona Republic investigation of a sharp increase in foreclosures by homeowners and condominium associations. In The Arizona Republic article, Attorney Jonathan Dessaules blamed the spike in HOA, and condo association foreclosures — a record of 330 within one year — on opportunistic …

California HOA reverses its “open garage door” rule

Association says it will seek a more ‘reasonable’ solution By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As suspected, Auburn Greens HOA has backed off of its insanely stupid rule requiring residents to keep their garage doors open 5 days per week. Ah, the power of media attention. But don’t get too excited about this little …

Legislative Highlights (CA, OH, FL – Jan 2018)

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Some highlights from across the U.S. California Affordable housing, reporting requirements Marjorie Murray, Center for California Homeowner Association Law (CCHAL) has informed me that SB35 was recently enacted into law. It requires the California Department of Housing and Community Development to collect data from local governments as part of …

Reader’s Choice 2017: Florida legislation would ensure that HOAs can never expire

It’s that time of the year. For the rest of the year, I’ll be reposting the 10 most read articles here on IAC. Thanks for following, reading, and sharing. Special thanks to readers who have provided inspiration for blog topics, and for those who have been willing to share their personal HOA stories. Public awareness …

The war on Christmas, holiday decorating continues for apartment, condo HOA dwellers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I can remember the neighborhood of my childhood at Christmastime. Almost every house on my block was decorated with colored lights, wreaths, candles in the windows, light-up Santa and snowman figures, and Nativity scenes. Neighbors who celebrated Hanukkah would place a Menorah in one of their windows, and …

Poinciana HOA update: Court won’t uphold Arbitration ruling that made 2017 election invalid

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Is regulation of association-governed communities possible? Some states, such as Florida, California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Virginia have attempted to protect housing consumers with various state agencies: Ombudsman offices; Attorney General-Consumer Protection divisions; administrative offices that regulate businesses and issue professional licenses. But all of these efforts …

What is HOA trade group’s 2018 Legislative agenda?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As 2017 comes to an end, housing and consumer advocates that are concerned about legislative reform need to keep a close eye on what trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) is up to. In case you missed it, here is CAI’s legislative agenda for 2018. https://cloudup.com/cJmfgfxaa1J Unfortunately, too …