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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

Homeowners thankful for HOA Fair Housing legal victory

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Just in time for Thanksgiving, U.S. District Judge William Alsup has awarded a substantial class action settlement in a high profile fair housing, civil rights lawsuit. An $800,000 award has been ordered in favor of hundreds of current and former residents and tenants of the Silvertree Mojave Homeowners Association located on Sequim Common, Fremont, California. Readers may recall the reason for the lawsuit: the HOA severely restricted the rights Continue ReadingHomeowners thankful for HOA Fair Housing legal victory

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

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communties The 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 to provide their members with access to financial records within 10 days. But when a condo, cooperative, or homeowner Continue ReadingFL condo owners sue for access to financial records, Association tied to FBI probe

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

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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 as private organizations, the U.S. has no federal statutes pertaining to proper governance. The best way to illustrate this fact Continue ReadingDo “open meeting” and “open record” laws apply to all HOA, condo, & co-ops?