Florida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation update (May 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several controversial HOA, condo, and co-op bills considered this year. Almost none of them passed the House and Senate in Florida’s legislative session — with one exception. Several bills gained momentum, generated much debate, and generated several committee and floor amendments. But, in the end the Legislature could not agree on any of the following issues: strengthening enforcement of the Condominium Act Preventing false certifications for emotional support animals Continue ReadingFlorida HOA, condo, & co-op legislation update (May 2019)

Kansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, broken promises

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Kansas City condo owners say that the developer of Park Reserve left them with fire code violations, broken promises, unpaid fees, and a building that’s falling apart. Last month, Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) inspectors discovered problems with the fire protection system — low water pressure in their fire sprinklers and non-working alarms. For the past month, owners have been waiting for developer, Wayne Reeder, to make repairs. Continue ReadingKansas City: owners of ‘luxury’ condos frustrated by fire code violations, broken promises

Time to improve fire safety for condo residents

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities With multiple households living in close proximity, fire safety is more important than ever. But for more than a decade, the real estate industry has delayed action to improve fire safety for condo residents. Here it is, just halfway through the month of December, with  a half dozen reports of condominium fires. (See links below) While the cause of several of those recent fires is not yet known, careless Continue ReadingTime to improve fire safety for condo residents

Homeownership in HOA-ville: is there any real benefit?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week, Shu Bartholomew and I sort out half-truths and illusions surrounding homeownership in the U.S. Do restrictive covenants and homeowners’ associations really protect property values? Are consumers of new homes getting a safe, high quality product? Who truly benefits from the current housing policy? Listen in on the podcast here.  Referenced blogs: Firefighters say newer homes burn faster than old homes Colorado developer plans new 900-home community with Continue ReadingHomeownership in HOA-ville: is there any real benefit?