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)

Not-so-United States: a nation divided by HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is America a nation divided by homeowners’ associations (HOAs)? Stakeholders in the real estate industry are fond of promoting association-governed common interest developments as utopian neighborhoods with a “sense of community.” You’ve probably seen the commercials for lushly landscaped planned subdivisions and villages, right? The ones that show happy, healthy active adults biking, playing golf, or eating sushi together. Or maybe you’re still working and raising children. You might Continue ReadingNot-so-United States: a nation divided by HOAs

HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (CO, HI, MD, SC Sept. 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Colorado HB18-1175 Colorado statute has required licensure for Community Association Managers since July 1, 2015. But that requirement was set to be repealed as of July 1, 2018. This Legislative session, HB18-1175 was introduced to extend manager licensing for another 5 years, until 2023. The bill was considered in the House, where it was amended with new requirements for licensure qualifications, and also allows for an “apprentice” to a Continue ReadingHOA, condo, coop legislation updates (CO, HI, MD, SC Sept. 2018)

The HOA war against tenants

Long-term tenants sometimes viewed as pariahs in association-governed communities By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   If you think that association-governed communities only affect the rights of their member homeowners, think again. In HOA-ville, tenant rights are compromised, too. Tenants who lease condo or HOA homes for 6 months or more are often treated like second-class citizens. Sometimes homeowners — especially owner-occupants — openly resent their presence in the community. . For example, consider this Continue ReadingThe HOA war against tenants