California HOA Legislation: fair elections and management accountability (April 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowner advocate alert: three California HOA bills to be debated in Legislative committees. SB434 and SB754 were heard in committee for the first time this week at the Capitol. Now both are set for a second hearing, along with SB323 at 1:30 PM on April 30th. If you live in California, now is your chance to let your lawmakers hear from you. SB323 HOA elections This homeowner-friendly bill is Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA Legislation: fair elections and management accountability (April 2019)

Important California HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (Sept. 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated September 6, 2018 7:22 PM The 2018 legislation session ended with some good, and some not so good new laws for Californians residing in common interest developments. The following 4 bills are currently enrolled, awaiting approval of Governor Jerry Brown. AB 2912 passed with near unanimous support from both houses of the Legislature. The bill creates greater accountability for both association board (trustee) members and managing agents for Continue ReadingImportant California HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (Sept. 2018)

Where can homeowners turn for help with HOA problems?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I get a lot of requests from homeowners and residents seeking help with HOA problems. What can you do when things go wrong with your HOA? It depends on the issue, but I try to guide readers to limited available resources. The truth is, while the HOA industry is very lucrative for its major stakeholders, it is very loosely regulated – if regulated at all – for housing Continue ReadingWhere can homeowners turn for help with HOA problems?

URGENT call to action in CA: Vote NO on AB1799

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California homeowners and consumer advocates – today’s post is a call to action. Contact your Assembly member and tell them to vote NO on AB 1799. Industry trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) is at it again. This time they want to give Association Governed Development boards the power to take away your right to vote in homeowners, condominium, and other planned community associations – also known as Continue ReadingURGENT call to action in CA: Vote NO on AB1799