Govenor Signs Senate Bill 209 Dealing With Electric Charging Stations – Article by David C. Swedelson

With the proliferation of electric vehicles comes a new law that limits and restricts California community associations’ ability to prohibit an owner from installing their own electric charging station. On July 25, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 209, which adds new Civil Code Section 1353.9. The new law takes effect January 1, 2012. New Civil Code … Continue reading

To Far or Not Far Enough – Take the Poll

Please read the article below and take our poll. The Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. — A Florida condominium association hopes dog DNA samples will help them determine which pet owners aren’t picking up after their pooches. The Village of Abacoa Condominium Association says cleaning up after dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs … Continue reading

Should I Get Homeowners Insurance If I Pay for HOA Fees? – Article written by Mary Schultz

When you pay homeowner’s association, or HOA, fees, a portion of those funds goes toward insurance for the entire building and grounds. Before closing, when you purchased your condo, the HOA probably provided you and your lender with a copy of their insurance. By reviewing the policy terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions, you can determine … Continue reading

TALES FROM THE TRENCHES – A series by Carl A. Brown, RCI, RRO

    The following is a true story and intended to help community managers and board members to make good decisions. Names have been changed.  GreatView Townhomes was an upscale community on a hillside along the ocean front. The unit owners no doubt purchased their homes there to enjoy the view and the sea breeze. The … Continue reading

Federal prosecutors under investigation for alleged obstruction of justice in HOA probe – News –

Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Las Vegas are under criminal investigation, suspected of leaking sensitive information about the probe of massive fraud involving valley homeowners associations. The leaks being investigated by the Justice Department’s Washington-based public corruption unit might have allowed a target of the HOA probe, construction defects attorney Nancy Quon, to … Continue reading

Leaders of SC homeowners group out after shooting – Article from the WBTV

Associated Press – February 23, 2011 8:55 AM ET BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) The president and security director of a Bluffton homeowners association have been replaced after a shooting in the neighborhood last Christmas Eve that left one man dead and one in jail. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports members of the Edgefield Homeowners … Continue reading

HOA wants to inspect homes of people suspected of hoarding – By CLAIRE WEBB – THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Geat article !!! LAGUNA WOODS – Residents in Laguna Woods Village’s largest homeowners association who are suspected of having excessive clutter in their homes could be compelled to allow the HOA to inspect their homes for hoarding and to remove the clutter under a new policy. The United Mutual board gave initial approval last week … Continue reading

Fight over HOA power heads to Austin – by Gabe Gutierrez / 11 News

Great cover story!!! Posted on February 15, 2011 at 11:45 PM HOUSTON – The debate over how much power should be given to neighborhood homeowners associations is heating up again at the Texas state capitol. On Tuesday, Houston-area groups, both for and against HOA reform, traveled to Austin to give lawmakers an earful. It’s part … Continue reading

KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas – SUn City Anthem HOA President Prevents a Resident From Protecting Herself and Her Pets in Her Own Backyard

Great article covered by KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas, CA!! Feb 13, 2011 10:45 PM Contact 13 recently inducted Sun City Anthem into the HOA Hall of Shame for preventing a resident from protecting herself and her pets in her own backyard. In Chief Investigator Darcy Spears’ first report, the HOA president dodged her. But … Continue reading

Dodging a bullet on home transfer fees – By Kenneth R. Harney

Thousands of homeowners associations and condominiums around the country just sidestepped a potentially costly problem: Earlier this month, a federal agency backed off its controversial plan to make obtaining mortgages in their communities much more difficult, and to dry up a key source of revenue that associations use to pay for improvements and property maintenance. … Continue reading

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