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Florida HOA’s bitter legal dispute, threat of foreclosure over $25 late fee

HOA conflict fight

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is HOA rule enforcement a tool to harass owners and take their homes? According to Dave Silva, owner of a townhouse in Ventura Greens at Emerald Dunes, that’s the motive behind his HOA’s attempt to foreclose on his home. Florida’s Palm Beach Post has been following this saga for months. Silva, a former board member, says one of his 2014 assessment payments was sent, in error, to a former management company. Continue ReadingFlorida HOA’s bitter legal dispute, threat of foreclosure over $25 late fee

High profile property rights case highlights impact of restrictions on HOA membership

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Feb. 12, 2018 Homeowners’ Associations have become so common, that they now exist in every state and for various purposes. Media reports, often driven by the real estate industry, tend to portray HOAs as large master planned communities with resort-style recreational amenities, or private residential neighborhood havens, some with maintenance provided by the association. But many HOAs are small communities that have no recreational amenities and no need Continue ReadingHigh profile property rights case highlights impact of restrictions on HOA membership

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 victory yet. After all, we still don’t know what sort of “reasonable policy” will be enacted next.   Homeowners association Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA reverses its “open garage door” rule

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 the “housing element” process, a component of land use and community planning. The purpose of this legislation is to track Continue ReadingLegislative Highlights (CA, OH, FL – Jan 2018)