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)

NJ Circuit Court rules condo association’s swimming schedule violates Fair Housing Act

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Three years ago, A Country Place Condominium Association, Lakewood, New Jersey, made national news when two of its residents clashed with the condo board over its sex-segregated swimming pool policies. This week the U.S. Third Circuit Court struck down the condominium association’s swimming pool policy as a violation of the Fair Housing Act, because the swimming schedule favors men and discriminates against women. The ruling overturns an earlier decision Continue ReadingNJ Circuit Court rules condo association’s swimming schedule violates Fair Housing Act

New Jersey HOA, condo law will impact assessment liens, priority, & homeowner rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The New Jersey Legislature recently passed important amendments to condominium and homeowners association lien priority law. If signed by Governor Murphy, condo associations will gain greater access to past due assessments, and HOAs in planned communities will be able to claim priority lien status for the first time. Cooperative associations will not be subject to priority lien status. Read Assembly Bill A5002. (Senate Bill S3414 merged with A5002)   Continue ReadingNew Jersey HOA, condo law will impact assessment liens, priority, & homeowner rights

HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (March 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: more condo HOA managers under investigation, several sentenced after pleading guilty to theft and money laundering; FBI probe in Miami; condo owners catch maintenance worker stealing their stuff. Illinois Condo President says former management company left them bankrupt CBS2 Chicago, reports that Drexel Condo Association President Natasha Neptune, has filed a complaint with Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation against the association’s former management company. Neptune says Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (March 2019)