Poinciana HOA update: Court won’t uphold Arbitration ruling that made 2017 election invalid

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Is regulation of association-governed communities possible? Some states, such as Florida, California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Virginia have attempted to protect housing consumers with various state agencies: Ombudsman offices; Attorney General-Consumer Protection divisions; administrative offices that regulate businesses and issue professional licenses. But all of these efforts have yielded disappointing results for taxpayers and consumers. Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is a prime example. Continue ReadingPoinciana HOA update: Court won’t uphold Arbitration ruling that made 2017 election invalid

Poinciana: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Residents of Poinciana, a Census Designated Place governed by one of the country’s largest homeowner associations, were hopeful that a recent Arbitrator’s order to conduct a new election would result in more homeowner representation on their Village and Master Association boards. Those hopes were crushed on August 1st, when developer AV Homes, also known as Avatar, once again cast thousands of votes for undeveloped, unplatted parcels where homes might Continue ReadingPoinciana: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

FL DBPR doubles down on requirements for new Poinciana elections

Order for new elections has been amended in favor of homeowner Martin Negron.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Following events in Poinciana, Florida, one of America’s largest homeowners associations, it is encouraging to see that the tide is turning – finally, state agencies are beginning to acknowledge the assault on private property rights and the already limited voting rights of residents of association-governed communities. On June 23, 2017, an Arbitrator from Florida Continue ReadingFL DBPR doubles down on requirements for new Poinciana elections

Poinciana 2017 HOA election ruled invalid by State

FL Division of Business and Professional Regulation orders new Village elections in August. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Orlando Sentinel reports that a homeowner has prevailed in an election dispute with Association of Poinciana Villages in an Arbitration ruling last week. The ruling represents a victory for homeowners, and a step toward a more fair election process that owners hope will finally wrest control away from developer Avatar, also known as AV Continue ReadingPoinciana 2017 HOA election ruled invalid by State