States enact new laws regulating short-term vacation rentals (AZ, MA, WA – 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities City and town governments have been regulating short-term and vacation rentals for several years, especially with the growing popularity of online rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and others. The battle over short-term rentals is controversial, often pitting neighborhood residents against owners and investors who earn substantial profit sharing their home. Local regulation typically results in inconsistent, piecemeal regulations from town to town. Not wanting to miss out Continue ReadingStates enact new laws regulating short-term vacation rentals (AZ, MA, WA – 2019)

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

Florida palm trees

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)

Arizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

Arizona water view vacation homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What can homeowners do about short-term rental homes causing nuisances in their neighborhoods? In Arizona, not much. Short-term rentals are a hot trend in Arizona and across the U.S. Believe it or not, taking on lodgers for vacation rentals or special events is no longer limited to condominiums. Owners of single family homes have discovered a healthy market for families and larger groups of people willing to pay Continue ReadingArizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

HOA, condo, & co-op case law and litigation highlights (Dec. 2018, part 2)

Case law books court legal appeal

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: a Vermont court upholds homeowner obligations to pay for common maintenance. Other case law clarifies property and fair housing rights of homeowners. Owner Responsible For Share Of Costs To Maintain Subdivision Facilities (VT) by Husch Blackwell LLP Holding: The Supreme Court of Vermont held that a homeowners association, as assignee from the developer, could charge lot owners for its reasonable costs to maintain the subdivision private roads Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op case law and litigation highlights (Dec. 2018, part 2)