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HOA, condo state laws change homeowner rights (Nov. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com California provides increased protection against housing discrimination for military families; Florida considers bill to rein in power of CDDs to create new bond obligations for homeowners; Hawaii reverses course on condo owner protection from nonjudicial foreclosure.   California Housing providers cannot discriminate due to Veteran, military status SB 222 makes it a violation of civil rights to engage in housing discrimination based upon Veteran or military status, offering Continue ReadingHOA, condo state laws change homeowner rights (Nov. 2019)

Should condominium HOAs come with a “sell-by” date?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A reader contacted me with a suggested topic for IAC. He posed an intriguing, tongue-in-cheek question: what if condominiums came with a “sell-by date?” Today I share my thoughts on why HOAs tend not to plan for the future.   Q: I’ve got a brainstorm for an article!  And it just might be a kernel for a meaningful push for legislation.  What about a legislatively-mandated “condo sell-by date”? Think Continue ReadingShould condominium HOAs come with a “sell-by” date?

HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Oct. 2019)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com A noticeable pattern of theft this month: trusted HOA managers, treasurers embezzling money, then falsifying records to cover up their alleged crimes. Plus: one of Chicago’s condo attorneys suspended for one year. Illinois Condo attorney suspended, after he falsified financial records at his former law firm The state agency that regulates legal professionals, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), recently suspended Michael Shifrin, of Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit. ARDC Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Oct. 2019)

FL Homeowners sue HOA manager, board, and ex-con security guard

Free Speech constitution first amendment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com When homeowners discovered that their community’s security guard, Joseph Conover, was unlicensed and a convicted felon, a group of four homeowners at Turnberry Reserve decided it was time to oust the current HOA board and management company. A few weeks ago, several homeowners staged a public protest outside the entrance to their community, holding up signs urging their neighbors to vote in a new board of directors at Continue ReadingFL Homeowners sue HOA manager, board, and ex-con security guard