States enact new laws regulating short-term vacation rentals (AZ, MA, WA – 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities City and town governments have been regulating short-term and vacation rentals for several years, especially with the growing popularity of online rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and others. The battle over short-term rentals is controversial, often pitting neighborhood residents against owners and investors who earn substantial profit sharing their home. Local regulation typically results in inconsistent, piecemeal regulations from town to town. Not wanting to miss out Continue ReadingStates enact new laws regulating short-term vacation rentals (AZ, MA, WA – 2019)

HOA living comes with many unexpected costs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners may think their HOA fees cover all costs to maintain the common property. But, as these three recent reports illustrate, that’s not always the case. A Florida HOA won’t pay for wildlife control, a Colorado condo association takes more than a week to repair common water lines, and an Arizona HOA hits up owners to pay to rebuild the wall surrounding the private community.   Vultures descend on Continue ReadingHOA living comes with many unexpected costs

HOA, condo & co-op golf course community updates (May 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Former developers once filed restrictive covenants limiting future use of their land to a golf course.  At the time, municipal and county leaders made the error of allowing this to happen. No one stopped to consider what would happen in the future, when the business model no longer works. Decades later, thousands of golf courses across the U.S. have faced bankruptcy. Owners closed up shop and stopped maintaining the Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op golf course community updates (May 2019)

Arizona HOA, condo, co-op legislation update (End of session 2019)

Property does not have rights People do

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities End of session summary of several bills impacting HOA-governed communities, tracked by Arizona Homeowners Coalition (AZHOC). Subjects: Applicability of Planned Community Act, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination. A mixed bag for homeowner rights in Arizona’s association —governed common interest communities. Click on “continue reading” below for updates. Arizona Legislative updates: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination (2019)