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Florida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation updates (April 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Florida Legislature is considering several HOA, condo, and co-op bills that may impact your property rights, as well as housing consumer protections. Several bills would guarantee your Constitutional right to lease your property, for short- or long-term rentals There’s a huge battle brewing in the Sunshine state between owner-occupants and owners — primarily investors — who rent their property. Some full-time and seasonal residents complain about vacation rentals Continue ReadingFlorida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation updates (April 2019)

IL Appellate court upholds First Amendment rights of condo residents

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent Cook County Appellate Court ruling reaffirms the First Amendment rights of condo owners in Illinois. On March 29th, in Brian Connolly v.  Anthony Milazzo, Mike Fish, Serap Brush,  and Glenn Greene, Justice Cunningham reversed the trial court’s dismissal of one of the Plaintiff’s primary claims. In his lawsuit, Connolly claimed his condo association board members imposed unjustified sanctions and fines against him, in retaliation, after he criticized the Continue ReadingIL Appellate court upholds First Amendment rights of condo residents

Ocean City MD condo owners file AG complaint over $2.6M project

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Three unit owners of an Ocean City condo building filed a complaint with Maryland’s Attorney General, shortly after they were hit with $18,000 – $40,000 special assessments per unit, slated for a $2.6 million exterior renovation project. Ocean Place Condominium Association plans an extensive renovation of the exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) over the next two years. Construction would begin this fall, with the work scheduled in the off-seasons. Continue ReadingOcean City MD condo owners file AG complaint over $2.6M project

HOA Homeowners, you may be contributing to industry lobbyists

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities We’re well into legislative season across the U.S., as dozens of states consider bills that affect the rights of homeowners and residents of association-governed communities. And, as usual, stakeholders in the real estate industry continue to promote legislation that protects their profits, while opposing bills that offer consumer protection. Real estate developers, home builders, mortgage banks, and Realtor associations have the ears of many state and federal Legislators. They Continue ReadingHOA Homeowners, you may be contributing to industry lobbyists