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  • Colorado lawmakers target HOAs with more restrictions to protect homeowners from foreclosure March 3, 2024
    Homeowners associations’ foreclosure filings on thousands of Coloradans’ houses over unpaid fines and fees have spurred fresh attempts by lawmakers to better regulate HOAs and metropolitan districts with the hope of preventing more people from losing their homes.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Governor Signed Legislation Allowing Private Entities to Regulate Activities on Public Lakes (IA) March 2, 2024
    The governor recently signed a bill that allows the Lake Panorama homeowners association to regulate boating on the public lake, including rules about the operation of watercraft and equipment specifications, as well as allowing private buoys to be set up in the lake. The legislation was narrowly tailored for Lake Panorama, by stating that the homeowners association (called a common interest community in the legislation) must have 1,000 or more units.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Several southern Colorado leaders back bill they say would bring more condos to the state March 2, 2024
    Colorado Springs’ mayor is one of more than two dozen mayors across the state supporting a change they say could bring more condos to Colorado.  The proposal is aimed at reducing construction lawsuits against condo builders. Right now, only two builders will are willing to build condos in Colorado, according to Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, who sponsors the legislation named ‘Right to Remedy Construction Defects.’   Read the article…………………………….
  • House passes ‘Condo 3.0’ reforms to strengthen safety, board accountability, enforcement (FL) March 1, 2024
    Condominiums across Florida and the boards that oversee their maintenance and repairs could soon be held to stronger standards through legislation the House just passed.  The bill (HB 1021) cleared the chamber on a 111-0 vote after little discussion. As they did during its committee stops, lawmakers uniformly agreed the changes are much needed and long overdue.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Column: Condo Law Legislative Update – 2024 – Part I (NH) March 1, 2024
    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 not be attending an association meeting gives their right to speak and vote to someone by way of a written document, a proxy.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Bill To Protect Small Wyoming Home Day Cares From HOAs Moves To Senate February 29, 2024
    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 February 29, 2024
    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.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Proposal for more oversight of homeowner associations expected in April (TX) February 29, 2024
    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 a raft of concerns from homeowners vetted through a series of recent hearings.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Budget conference: After brief snub, Senate agrees to $30M for condo-hardening program (FL) February 29, 2024
    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 chamber concurred with the House’s earmark plan, offering the full $30 million to the My Safe Florida Condominium Pilot Program.   Read the article…………………………….
  • NC Community Association Legislative Update – February 28, 2024 February 29, 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 February 28, 2024
    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,” said co-chairman Rep. Steve Tyson, R-Craven. “In the short amount of time that we’ve had to do this, I think it’s a very good start.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Several HOA bills introduced in Idaho House February 28, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Bill expanding oversight, accountability of condo boards clears final Senate committee (FL) February 27, 2024
    Legislation to shore up Florida’s condo laws and give state regulators more power to punish unscrupulous board members is bound for the Senate floor after clearing its final committee with uniform support.  Passing the measure (SB 1178) would mark a major overhaul of state statutes governing condo oversight and management by providing for criminal penalties for records violations, kickbacks and condo board election fraud.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Homefront: New Law Restricting Watering of HOA “Nonfunctional Turf” (CA) February 23, 2024
    Dear Mr. Richardson: Can you address AB1572 which will have a huge effect financially on our HOA?  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • State Rep Pushes Legislation to Regulate Property Management Comps, Community Association Mgmt (GA) February 22, 2024
    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) February 22, 2024
    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 lower and moderate-income households.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Some Colorado HOAs ban using fire-resistant building materials. This proposed law could overrule that February 22, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • House amends estoppel certificate measure in a compromise with HOAs (FL) February 22, 2024
    The House Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote amended legislation that would prohibit homeowner or community associations from charging homeowners and buyers for estoppel certificates to alleviate concerns among industry leaders.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Bill that would provide $175,000 to stormproof condos nears finish line (FL) February 21, 2024
    Condominium associations near Florida’ coast will get access to $175,000 per association in state funds for storm-proofing projects under a House bill that’s nearing the finish line. The Senate version of the bill does not have a cap.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Lawmakers advance bill that would void HOA rules that block wildfire-hardening (CO) February 21, 2024
    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) February 20, 2024
    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 of complaints from the public.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Wicker bill removes roadblocks for amateur radio operators February 17, 2024
    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 February 15, 2024
    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 February 14, 2024
    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) February 14, 2024
    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 of complaints from the public.     Read the article…………………………….

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