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 …

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FL condo owners sue for access to financial records, Association tied to FBI probe

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommuntiesThe Tallahassee Democrat reports that two condo owners, Anthony Dewees and Lynda Tiefel, are suing Adams Street Lofts Condominium Association. Dewees and Tiefel allege that the condo association’s board and management company have ignored or denied their requests for access to official records of the association. Florida statutes require association-governed communities …

Do “open meeting” and “open record” laws apply to all HOA, condo, & co-ops?

It may surprise readers to learn that the answer varies by state. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   One of the goals of IAC is to make my readers aware that corporate and non-profit laws pertaining to association-governed communities vary considerably by state. Put another way, since association-governed, common interest communities are legally recognized …

Is your community preparing for its annual HOA meeting? (Poll)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to industry experts, as the calendar year comes to an end, many homeowners’, condominium, and cooperative associations should be preparing their annual budgets, holding an annual meeting and election for board or trustee members, and generally planning for the fiscal year ahead. The to do list, as …

Can less than 20% of your neighbors force you to join a new HOA?

Photo: Morguefile.com free image of an unidentified stormwater retention lake in a subdivision. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED, November 7, 2017 Can your neighbors impose an HOA membership on you, after the fact? In Illinois, Apparently, the answer is YES. The News-Gazette reports the results of Monday’s meeting to vote on whether or not …

NY HOA accused of discriminatory marketing of new homes

Homeowners also say board won’t provide access to financial records   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Are sales agents for Woodbury Junction marketing new homes exclusively to Hasidic Jews? In this News 12 Westchester report, some existing homeowners in the private community, located about 50 miles from New York, claim that is exactly …

Texas media, Legislators tackle developer control of HOA communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A Texas news station, KXAN, is investigating a very common disadvantage of HOA living - the Developer/Home Builder or “Declarant” controlled community. It’s about time! Current and former owners and residents of homes in association-governed communities have been complaining for many years that they have no vote and …

HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislative Highlights (October 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities District of Columbia Effective April 2017, the Condominium Owner Bill of Rights and Responsibilities Amendment Act of 2016 provides some consumer-friendly provisions. First, the Act requires condominium associations to provide written notice to an owner who becomes delinquent on assessments. The notice must include a breakdown of all charges, and …

Homeowners’ lawsuit against Poinciana HOA to move forward

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   After nearly 2 years and three previous attempts to file a lawsuit against their HOA, one that Polk County Court will accept, 3 Poinciana homeowners can finally begin to prepare their case. Their goal is to remove Poinciana’s developer from control of the Association of Poinciana Villages (APV). APV …