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)

HOA, Condo & Co-op legislation highlights (June 2019, CO, IN, MD, NV, WA )

Law legislative legislature forum

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: Colorado CAM licensure extension vetoed; no mandatory mediation for Indiana HOAs; developer HOA voting rights clarified in Maryland; construction defect law changes in Nevada and Washington; WUCIOA limitations. Colorado CAM Licensure extension bill vetoed by Gov. Polis Since I last updated readers on the status of HB19-1212, the bill pertaining to continuation of licensing requirements for Community Association Managers (CAMs), I have learned that Governor Jared Polis Continue ReadingHOA, Condo & Co-op legislation highlights (June 2019, CO, IN, MD, NV, WA )

3 HOAs need help managing their stormwater ponds

Suburban pond lake sidewalk storm water woes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s been 15 – 20 years since the construction boom of the early 21st century. And now that thousands of planned communities are reaching maturity, it’s time for homeowners associations to dredge retention ponds, clean out stormwater detention basins, and unclog drain pipes. Homeowners and residents complain about unattractive, foul-smelling, stormwater ponds, some of which periodically overflow and flood nearby property. But many HOA boards are discovering that stormwater Continue Reading3 HOAs need help managing their stormwater ponds

HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

Suburban pond lake sidewalk storm water woes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Today’s post is a Buyer Beware message. Unless you’re viewing a home near a recreational lake — a real lake used for boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports — that ornamental “lake” is nothing more than a retention pond. Its primary purpose is to collect stormwater runoff for environmental Continue ReadingHOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland