Condo owners, tenants deal with safety hazards

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Buyers and investors purchase condos, expecting that the association will maintain a safe and attractive property. Unfortunately, many condo owners find that their HOA doesn’t live up to their expectations. Even worse, some condo HOAs put off major repairs and avoids renovations. In other cases, deferred maintenance or shoddy renovations result in safety hazards. Check out this roundup of condominiums that aren’t aging well.     Balconies could collapse Continue ReadingCondo owners, tenants deal with safety hazards

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HOA, condo, co-op legislation highlights (Jan 2019, NH, SC, CA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This update includes brief commentary on amendments to NH Condominium Act, the new SC HOA Act, and the 2020 solar rooftop mandate in California.   New Hampshire Three new amenmendments to the Condominium Act: HB 1519 AN ACT relative to the conduct of condominium unit owners’ associations votes without a meeting. In New Hampshire, condominium associations can range in size from 2 units to hundreds of units. Many small Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op legislation highlights (Jan 2019, NH, SC, CA)

SC law would prevent home builders from suing private citizens for speaking out against new construction

Citizens Participation in Government Act would have created anti-SLAPP statute in SC.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Post and Courier recently published some articles about a lawsuit initiated by home builder Ashton Woods against the town of Mount Pleasant, after several private citizens spoke publicly against a townhouse development. According to the report, David Simp and three other residents of Simmons Pointe condominium objected to five new townhouses at Sullivan’s Pointe. The Continue ReadingSC law would prevent home builders from suing private citizens for speaking out against new construction

SC legislation would regulate HOA developers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   South Carolina legislators may once again consider regulation of developers. Senate Bill S.106 proposes phased-in transition from developer to homeowner control for Association Governed common interest communities. If enacted, the law would require developers (also knows as declarants) to allow homeowners to begin electing a share of board members, as soon as one-third of units or parcels have been sold to non-developer owners. The bill would phase in Continue ReadingSC legislation would regulate HOA developers

When these HOA members got involved, they got sued

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How many times have we heard homeowners, Community Association Managers and attorneys lament about apathy in HOAs? A quick Google search on “HOA Apathy” results in dozens of articles on the subject. Few attend annual meetings, so there’s never a quorum. No one wants to serve on the Association’s board. Does anyone actually read emails, newsletters, or the website? Well, a group of 9 homeowners in Shadowmoss Plantation HOA Continue ReadingWhen these HOA members got involved, they got sued