By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Following yesterday’s blog, Legislation should limit power of HOAs, a reader sent the following comment: This article raises many important issues and misunderstandings about HOA governance. At the Owner level, far too many Owners do not understand their Governing Documents and their rights and duties under those Governing Documents, particularly their due process rights and their duties to elect the Board of Directors. They, too often, don’t exercise their right Continue ReadingDo homeowners experience due process in HOAs?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As noted in a previous blog, several HOA and Condominium bills have been introduced in Hawaii this year. One of the most notable, HB 381, a proposal for establishment of a Condominium Ombudsman to handle dispute resolution, has died in committee, following testimony at a hearing held on February 8, 2017. Although the committee received written testimony in support of HB 381, twice as many letters were received in opposition to Continue ReadingHOA, Condo Legislation updates: Hawaii
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Whenever I read talking points from an industry trade group, Community Associations Institute (CAI), claiming that Association Governed Communities are “democratic” self- governance, I cringe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps in a perfect world. But most associations are far from perfection when it comes to conducting clean annual elections. As HOA, condo, and co-op election season swings into full gear in many associations, there will once Continue ReadingAfter nearly three years of legal battles, Florida condo owners find replacing their board a daunting task
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week ABC News aired its investigative consumer report on the home building industry’s handling of construction defects. The report highlights what homeowner advocates have been complaining about for years, especially in the past decade. If you have missed this report, take a few minutes to watch it here: New Home Heartbreak: When Dream Homes Turn Into Nightmares (VIDEO) abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/home-heartbreak-dream-homes-turn-nightmares-43598626 There’s no doubt about it. New home builders are Continue ReadingABC News challenges home builders on shoddy construction