HOA, Condo Legislation updates: Hawaii

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. …

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After nearly three years of legal battles, Florida condo owners find replacing their board a daunting task

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 …

ABC News challenges home builders on shoddy construction

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: …

HarborView condo (MD) files bankruptcy following legal dispute over mold

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Even luxury condominium associations face financial risks. HarborView Towers condo association in Baltimore's inner Harbor recently filed for bankruptcy. The tower of 249 units was constructed in 1993. But in 2010, a penthouse owner, Paul G. Clark, sued the association when a leaky roof caused extensive damage to his …

FL HOA Boards cannot avoid election

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A FL HOA Election Arbitrator recently ruled in favor of a homeowner seeking election to the Board. Lana Turner provided written intent to stand for election to the Board of Butler Farms Homeowners Association. The terms of three board members were expiring. However, the three incumbents failed to file …