Homebuilders work to stop bill to give earlier control of HOAs to homeowners (ID)

A bill aiming to give residents a say in their homeowners associations once most of the development is finished isn’t moving forward, for now.  On Thursday, Rep. Jon Weber, R-Rexburg, brought HB 657 before the House Business Committee in the hopes of giving homeowners in developments with HOAs earlier control over the boards governing their […]

House Bill 59 – Providing Copies of the Docs (FL)

So The Florida Legislature is only in session for another four days. Over the next few weeks we want to educate you about the bills that passed both The Florida House and The Florida Senate. So here we go……..  Let’s start with an amendment to Florida Statute 720.303.      Read the article…………………………….

Condo Column: Condo Law Legislative Update – 2024 – Part I (NH)

This year’s slate of pending legislation includes an old, worn out retread, and some new ones. None have as yet passed and are in various committees. Proxies. In 2016 the Legislature amended the Condominium Act and added language regarding directed and undirected proxies. To refresh, a directed proxy is one where the owner who will […]

Bill To Protect Small Wyoming Home Day Cares From HOAs Moves To Senate

The Wyoming Senate is contemplating a proposed law defining small home day cares as “residential” so that homeowners associations can’t ban them under a residential-only clause.  House Bill 126 would define home day cares with fewer than 10 kids as a residential property use.   Read the article…………………………….

HOA Changes for 2024 That Homeowners Should Know

Around 30% of all homeowners in the United States live in some type of common-interest housing governed by a community or homeowners association. This can include condos, co-ops, HOA communities, timeshares or mobile home parks. That’s roughly 75.5 million people who are required to follow specific HOA rules and regulations for their state or community.  […]

Proposal for more oversight of homeowner associations expected in April (TX)

Deadlines for records requests, membership approval for assessment increases, and restrictions on foreclosures are among several recommended changes for homeowners’ associations up for debate come April.  The Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved a report with recommendations and draft legislation for the upcoming short session to address […]

Budget conference: After brief snub, Senate agrees to $30M for condo-hardening program (FL)

After briefly offering nothing, Senate lawmakers have agreed to spend $30 million on a proposed pilot program to help condo owners strengthen their properties against seasonal storms.  House lawmakers proposed the nonrecurring expenditure Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Senate held out on committing anything to the program.  That changed Wednesday at 9 p.m., when the Legislature’s upper […]

NC Community Association Legislative Update – February 28, 2024

Today (Wednesday, February 28) was the fourth and final meeting of the NC House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations. As a reminder, this Committee was created by House Bill 311 (see NC Community Association Legislative Update – May 9, 2023) and tasked with examining planned communities and condominium associations,    Read the article…………………………….

NC House panel okays recommendations limiting power of HOAs

A state House panel Wednesday gave the final okay to recommendations they say would help curb abuses of power by community and homeowners’ associations in North Carolina.  “We can’t make as many changes probably as some would like to see happen, but we do have a few suggestions in the way of this committee report,” […]

Several HOA bills introduced in Idaho House

Several Idaho legislators have recently introduced bills about homeowners associations, also known as HOAs.  Two lawmakers, Rep. Jon Weber, R-Rexburg, and Rep. Brooke Green, D-Boise, have been working on HOA issues for months. And as the Treasure Valley has grown, more and more people reside under the purview of HOAs.   Read the article…………………………….

State Rep Pushes Legislation to Regulate Property Management Comps, Community Association Mgmt (GA)

Companies that manage homeowners’ associations could soon be subject to more regulations.  State Representative Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia) recently introduced House Bill 1258, legislation she says will “increase accountability for property management firm brokers and community association management brokers.”     Read the article…………………………….

New Legislation (CA)

AB 572. Assessment Limitation. Beginning January 1, 2025, new associations with affordable housing are limited to assessment increases for affordable housing to 5% plus cost of living, not to exceed 10% greater than the preceding regular assessment. This does not apply to associations with 20 units or less. “Affordable housing” means a unit occupied by […]

Some Colorado HOAs ban using fire-resistant building materials. This proposed law could overrule that

A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would block homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using fire-resistant building materials, a change that firefighters and insurance experts say would give communities more options to harden properties against climate-fueled wildfires.    Read the article…………………………….

Lawmakers advance bill that would void HOA rules that block wildfire-hardening (CO)

A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would block homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using fire-resistant building materials, a change that firefighters and insurance experts say would give communities more options to harden properties against climate-fueled wildfires.   Read the article…………………………….

Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC)

Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety […]

Wicker bill removes roadblocks for amateur radio operators

According to a summary of the bill, the legislation would prohibit homeowner association rules that prevent or ban amateur radio antennas on residential properties, clarify the approval process for installing amateur radio antennas, and give amateur radio operators a private right of action.  Read the article…………………………….

Kansas homeowners urge lawmakers to ban ‘punitive’ rooftop solar restrictions

Alan Bauman would put solar panels on his Prairie Village home if he could. He’d like to benefit from the savings on his energy bill and have more security when his electric utility suffers power outages.  But his homeowners association restricts his and neighbors’ ability to install solar power.   Read the article…………………………….

Five recommendations North Carolina lawmakers may consider to tackle HOA disputes

Members of the House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations are moving closer to advancing a draft bill designed to level the playing field between homeowners and their HOAs.  Following two public hearings in January, five recommendations were presented Tuesday to the committee by legislative staff.    Read the article…………………………….

Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC)

Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety […]

Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC)

Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety […]

North Carolina HOAs could face new hurdles to foreclosures

North Carolina homeowners’ associations could soon face new hurdles to approving larger budgets and seizing property as a means to enforce their rules. The House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations have been meeting this year to address voter claims that HOAs have abused their power in the state. Committee members have welcomed input from homeowners […]

Florida Lawmakers Advance Bill Cracking Down on Condo Boards

Since the tragic Surfside condo collapse in 2021 that killed 98 people, Florida lawmakers have passed several laws to improve safety. Today, the Senate appropriations committee advanced a bill that will help control rogue condo boards and provide residents more oversight.     Read the article…………………………….

HOA Foreclosure Laws In North Carolina

Both homeowners and board members should familiarize themselves with the HOA foreclosure laws in North Carolina. In doing so, they can understand the rights of homeowners and the scope of authority an HOA has when it comes to foreclosures. It also helps keep the association in the clear and away from potential liability.    Read the […]

Unique Challenges for Condo and Coop Boards Facing Local Law 97 Requirements (NY)

New York City’s Local Law 97, passed in 2019, aims to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings. By 2024, condominium and cooperative buildings over 25,000 square feet must meet strict emissions limits or face heavy fines. While the law’s environmental goals are laudable, the legislation poses unique financing challenges for condo and co-op […]

Colorado lawmakers introduce bill to foster more condo construction

In yet another effort to alleviate soaring housing costs in Colorado, lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill aiming to boost condominium construction in the state — an option historically seen as a way for first-time homebuyers to enter the housing market.  Read the article…………………………….

South Dakota: Protection from HOAs Signed into Law

Today, February 5, Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 39 into law. SB 39 prohibits a homeowners’ association (HOA) from placing restrictions on firearms or firearm ammunition. This important legislation further strengthens firearm preemption in the Mount Rushmore State by protecting sportsmen from HOA regulations. Read the article…………………………….

Many Colorado HOAs have rules that make homes more vulnerable to wildfires. New legislation could block those.

Colorado lawmakers on Friday advanced new legislation that would make it easier to build or upgrade homes to harden them against wildfires. The legislation would void language in existing homeowners’ association bylaws, deed restrictions or property contracts that prevent residents from installing or using fire-resistant building materials. It would also prohibit new restrictions. Read the […]

Proposed Bill to Affect HOA Foreclosure Sale Requirements (CO)

Introduced January 31, 2024 by Representative Naquetta Ricks, the proposed bill, HB24-1158, would severely hamper an HOA’s efforts to foreclose for unpaid assessments. The bill proposes that prior to turning over a delinquent account to collections or to an attorney for legal action, an HOA must send a notice to the owner that free information […]

Term Limits to First Impact Longstanding Condo Directors in 2026 (FL)

The Florida legislature’s confusing rollout of board member term limits for condominium association directors created many initial questions about how and when the term limits applied. Some directors still have lingering questions and uncertainties, so hopefully, this article will help to resolve those. Read the article…………………………….

A Comprehensive Guide to Key Changes and Impacts Under the Homeowners’ Association Bill of Rights (FL)

On October 1, 2023, House Bill 919, also known as the “Homeowners’ Association Bill of Rights” took effect. This comprehensive bill provides several crucial changes related to the removal of homeowners’ association (“HOA”) officers and directors, fines and suspensions for violations of the declarations, bylaws, or rules of the HOA, as well as new requirements for […]

Understanding HOA Laws for 2024: What’s Changed?

The world of homeowners’ associations is constantly in flux, and as we embrace the new year, it’s essential to stay up-to-date on the latest legislative shifts and updates that may impact your residential experience. Whether you’re a homeowner seeking clarity on your rights, a board member navigating the governance of your community, or a community […]

The 2018 Amendment to the Michigan Marketable Record Title Act Goes Into Effect on March 29, 2024: Does Your HOA or Condo Association Need to Record a Notice?

Michigan’s Marketable Record Title Act, MCL 565.101, et seq. (the “MRTA”), has been around since 1945, yet many homeowners associations are unaware of the MRTA and its potentially devastating impact on their communities. This article provides a brief background on the MRTA and its 2018 amendment that opened the door to the possible extinguishment of restrictive covenants […]

New HOA laws protect Florida homeowners

There are many luxury condominiums and subdivisions in Florida. These dwellings are popular among those who are commonly referred to as “snowbirds,” which are people who live in states north of here for most of the year, then come to Florida when winter hits their hometowns. The snowbird community lives right alongside full-time residents in […]