PA home builders refuse to fix hundreds of homes with wood rot

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For the past year and a half, local media have been reporting on wood rot nightmares for hundreds of homeowners in southeastern Pennsylvania. (See Action News Troubleshooters investigates growing construction crisis) According to reports, new homes were originally purchased from Toll Brothers, the Cutler Group, Pulte, K. Hovnanian, and dozens of other home builders in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Most of the homes were built in the early 2000s, Continue ReadingPA home builders refuse to fix hundreds of homes with wood rot

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Why “baby steps” & weak HOA regulation are not “better than nothing”

PA Governor signs HB 595, creating limited AG oversight of association governed communities, subject to conditions By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post is a response to reader comments I have received regarding recently enacted Pennsylvania House Bill 595. As explained in several previous posts, the legislation provides weak Attorney General oversight of HOAs, including planned communities, condominiums, and housing cooperatives. A few homeowners have written to me, hopeful that the new law Continue ReadingWhy “baby steps” & weak HOA regulation are not “better than nothing”

PA Legislature approves weak AG oversight of HOAs

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Will new legislation enacted in Pennsylvania hold developers, managing agents, and boards of association governed communities accountable? Don’t count on it.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to proponents of the bill, HB 595 will “help” residents of planned communities, condominiums, and housing cooperatives by encouraging Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) — arbitration and mediation — to resolve disputes between associations members and their HOAs. The claim is that HB 595 will provide Continue ReadingPA Legislature approves weak AG oversight of HOAs

Consumer protection bill for HOA planned communities reintroduced in PA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In the previous legislative session in Pennsylvania, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R) introduced legislation to provide oversight of  homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations under the Bureau Consumer Protection (BCP), Attorney General. Reintroduction will provide opportunities to make corrections and amendments that favor consumers rather than real estate and community management industry trade groups. Below I highlight a few of these Red Flags for owners of property (or shareholders of co-ops) Continue ReadingConsumer protection bill for HOA planned communities reintroduced in PA