HOA, Condo, Co-op legislation highlights (July 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California   SB-407: Common interest developments: noncommercial solicitation. (July 18) The bill has passed the Assembly and is now in the Senate. CA SB 407, as amended, clarifies that a common interest community’s governing documents may not prohibit a member’s right to “peacefully assembly and freely communicate” on association property for various political purposes, to include campaigns for public office as well as matters relating to association elections. SB Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op legislation highlights (July 2017)

It’s Memorial Day weekend – here come the HOA flag restrictions

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several of my neighbors regularly display the American flag. Some hang bunting on their front porches, or set up patriotic lawn statues of soldiers. The displays generally go up before Memorial Day, and come down sometime after Labor Day, although a few neighbors have a flag pole suitable for year round display. There is no HOA in my immediate neighborhood, and quite a few of my neighbors have retired Continue ReadingIt’s Memorial Day weekend – here come the HOA flag restrictions

How one flag loving SD homeowner outsmarted his HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few weeks prior to Memorial Day, Aspen Hills (SD) resident Alan Gross suggested installing a flagpole at the entrance to the community. But homeowners association board president Harvey Fayer denied the request. The entry to Aspen Hills is a common area, and not on Alan Gross’ private property. Fayer says that the matter needs to be put to a vote of all HOA members at the annual meeting, and Continue ReadingHow one flag loving SD homeowner outsmarted his HOA

Another HOA restricting the American Flag

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities OK, it’s Memorial Day weekend. Time to display the American flag. Unless, of course, you live in an HOA. Then you can only display the American flag when and how the rules say you can. Honestly, these flag display conflicts are getting tiresome. They rear their ugly head anytime from Memorial Day through Veteran’s Day. For some Association Governed housing developments, it’s just another excuse to enforce arbitrary rules Continue ReadingAnother HOA restricting the American Flag